Christian Pulisic was hoping to play a big role in Borussia Dortmund’s second group stage match in the UEFA Champions League. However, after playing the hero in Brugge two weeks ago the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder will miss out on Wednesday’s action and possible international duty in the near future.
Pulisic did not make Lucien Favre’s 18-man squad due to a calf injury described as “torn fibers” in his calf, which could mean a torn calf or serious calf strain, the team announced this afternoon. It is the third match that Pulisic has missed this season in all competitions due to injuries.
The 20-year-old recently started in Dortmund’s 4-2 Bundesliga win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, playing 63 minutes before being substituted off.
In six appearances this season, Pulisic has two goals and one assist for the Black and Yellow which currently has them sitting atop the Bundesliga table and second in Group A in Europe. However, his latest injury puts doubts in his availability for Dortmund’s match against Augsburg on Saturday.
Pulisic was recently named in Dave Sarachan’s squad for the USMNT’s pair of friendlies against Colombia and Peru later this month, but that could also be in jeopardy.
We need him. He is one of the rear elite talents we have in our arsenal and we need to start putting this team together with him as one of the focal points. Hope its nothing serious
Pulisic is a known commodity, we need to develop a team of 10 other players that can do something more than lean on him.
Part of me agees with beto, but at some point the other guys are actually going to have to *play* with Pulisic. Only playing one international in 12 months is the sort of pampering typically afforded to a player like Messi or Ronaldo, not a 20 year old. I realize he has had some ill-timed injuries, but at some point we are going to see how these pieces actually fit together…
IMHO, he won’t be in the US squad as long as there is no US coach.
Can’t wait for Sarachan to drone on about heart and desire at this news now.
He better watch out. 18 yr old Sancho is has been looking very good at the same position and does similar things. If he’s out too long, he could lose his starting position. Isn’t competition at the highest level fun?
I know this sounds un-American, but I prefer Sancho to Pulisic. Sancho is more exciting and unpredictable, in my opinion.
Oh please. You are a born contrarian. You’re the same guy who voiced his interest in the US not qualifying for the World Cup. Go support Mexico. Nobody wants to give you attention for this sort of bs.
Depending on the grade of the calf fiber tear it could only be a week or two recovery but might be longer if its a grade 2 or 3. So I doubt he will be in the US squad
I wonder if he and Gareth Bale have a common ancestor
Bro haha wow