Christian Pulisic Leaves USMNT Camp, Won’t Play In Upcoming Friendlies

Because of a lingering hamstring injury, Christian Pulisic is returning to Chelsea to continue rehab.

A hamstring injury will prevent star forward Christian Pulisic from participating in the U.S. men's national team's friendlies against Wales and Panama.

Coach Gregg Berhalter told reporters on a video call Wednesday that the 22-year-old Pulisic was leaving the team's European camp to return to Chelsea, his professional club in the Premier League.

The USMNT will play at Wales on Thursday and face Panama on Monday in Austria.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard previously called Pulisic's hamstring injury "very, very minor." Pulisic last played on Oct. 28, when he scored a 90th-minute goal in a 4-0 Champions League group stage win against Krasnodar.

He has no goals in three Premier League games this season after tallying nine goals and four assists in 25 matches in his debut campaign with Chelsea in 2019-20.

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