An ankle injury that Christian Pulisic suffered while on duty for the US national team in September still prevents him from returning, according to Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who confirmed that Pulisic will miss the UEFA Champions League game. from the club this week.
Tuchel says that Pulisic, 23, is “really suffering” and that “recovery is not happening” for the United States international.
Pulisic suffered the injury during the United States’ 4-1 victory in Honduras on September 8. More than a month later and it is unclear when he will return.
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At one point, positive progress was made in his recovery, but there have been setbacks that have left Pulisic stuck on the sidelines. Journalists asked Tuchel for more details ahead of the midweek Champions League clash with Malmö.
“There is nothing to worry about in terms of details and we are hiding details. I cannot give you all the details because I am not a doctor, but at the moment he has had some setbacks from the pain.
“Not for a major injury or complications. It is simply the pain in your ankle that bothers you. Once these fast-moving players like Christian, once they feel this pain and are not free in the movement, the recovery is not happening.
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“You start over, and you start over, and you get to a certain point and the pain comes back. And you have to take a little pause and start over.
“So right now we are very, very close. He was so close to getting to team practice last week and had a little setback and a reaction, from the pain. Nothing serious. From then on we go.
“He is very impatient, of course, and he does everything and we can see him suffer in each encounter and each time we meet him here. [at the training ground] He is suffering a lot and wants to be in the field and help us. Everyone is doing the best they can. Unfortunately, the injury takes its time. “
Pulisic’s 2021-22 season with Chelsea
Pulisic has only played two games for Chelsea since the start of the 2021-22 season: one in the Premier League and the other in the UEFA Super Cup.
The only appearance in the league came in the Premier League season opener of the season and he found his goal in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on August 14. But after Kai Havertz replaced him eight minutes from time, he hasn’t featured for the Blues since. .
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He missed two games in August due to COVID-19 before joining the USMNT for international service in September. He played for the United States in that September window, suffering the ankle injury in Honduras that has forced him to miss every Chelsea game since.
He missed another eight games as a result of the injury and there is still no indication when Tuchel will be in a position to call the American again.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.