United States Men’s National Team Gregg Berhalter announced today that Christian Pulisic will depart their training camp in Wales to return to Chelsea to continue his injury rehab. The 22-year-old winger injured his hamstring during warmups before Chelsea’s match against Burnley on October 31st.
He has not featured for Chelsea since, and he was a long shot to appear for the USMNT in friendlies against Wales tomorrow and Panama on Monday. Still, Pulisic wanted to show up at camp to work with the rest of his American teammates and get to know some of the new faces that are in this camp.
“Christian is a big part of our group. He has been working through an injury, but it really says a lot that he wanted to come into camp, be around the guys and continue to be a leader with this team,” Berhalter said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer.
U.S. Soccer did not indicate that Pulisic will be replaced on the USMNT roster, so the current roster stands at 23 players:
MIDFIELDERS (7): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton)
FORWARDS (6): Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen), Uly Llanez (Heerenveen), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Soto (Telstar), Tim Weah (Lille)
NEWS: Gregg Berhalter announces that @cpulisic_10 will return to @ChelseaFC to continue working through his injury rehab.— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) November 11, 2020
It was great having you in with us this week, Christian!
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We hope Christian recovers well and we see him back on the field for Chelsea very soon.