Just when things went right for Christian Pulisic, he failed in a difficult season for the American forward. Pulisic started his third game in a row in Chelsea 1-0 defeat by Manchester on Thursday, but he was pulled out of the game just 23 minutes after suffering an injury from a tackle John Stones during the shooting.
Chelsea head coach Graham Potter Injury will require Pulisic to miss time.
“Christian just injured his knee in a game the other day, so we are still analyzing him. I would say it will take a few weeks,” Potter said ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup match against Manchester City on Sunday, which they also lost 4-0.
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Pulisic appears to have begun to return to Chelsea’s plans after a strong World Cup with Chelsea. United States so this last setback is unfortunate as he is expected to miss a few weeks. It also comes at a terrible time for Chelsea, with Potter’s injury list growing longer than the list of players available on each matchday. Raheem Sterling injured his hamstring in the same match and has no estimated time to return. Since Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang cannot contribute and Armando Broja also injured, Chelsea were left with bare bones in attack.
Ben Chilwell and Rhys James are also injured, leaving all the creative and scoring pressure on Kai Havertz, Mason Mountand Conor Gallagher. This is a chance for Hakim Ziyech to secure his future at Chelsea after a strong World Cup with Morocco but it doesn’t get much worse for Potter.
Chelsea are already out of the top four and have only won one of their last five matches. Just when it looked like things were starting to turn around for Pulisic and the club, they took another hit, but this one could be critical as they slipped to 10th place, 10 points behind. Manchester United in the fourth. It will be a test of patience for new owner Todd Boly, especially after fans made sure they were heard after their second loss to City.
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As for Pulisic, this return schedule in a few weeks probably doesn’t put him in any danger of being called up to the US men’s national team in March, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the CONCACAF Nations League game two months from now.