Christian Pulisic provides injury update after Chelsea star is taken to hospital after USA victory over Iran
Christian Pulisic is confident he will be ready for USA’s World Cup last 16 showdown against Netherlands. The Chelsea forward scored his side’s winning goal in their final group match against Iran, latching onto Segino Dest’s cross to nod home towards the end of the first-half.
Pulisic crashed into Iran goalkeeper Alireza in the process however and was left needing treatment from the US medical staff. While he was able to return to the pitch to see out the end of the half, he was replaced at half-time. Advertisement Reports later revealed the 24-year-old had been taken to hospital to undergo scans on an abdominal injury. Despite early fears over his participation in Saturday’s showdown with the Dutch, Pulisic has insisted he will be back for that game.
‘So f*****g proud of my guys, I’ll be ready Saturday don’t worry,’
Pulisic wrote alongside a picture of him celebrating the victory from his hospital bed. Pulisic’s goal was enough to seal USA’s place in the knockout stages of the World Cup, qualifying as group runners up behind England. Teammates Timothy Weah and Weston McKennie paid tribute to the Chelsea star for putting his body on the line to help his country progress.
‘We worked so hard as a group to be in this position,’ Lille forward Weah said. ‘Thanks to Christian. We love him and we thank him. It’s a great feeling.’
Juventus midfielder McKennie added:
‘Obviously we’re very thankful (Pulisic) threw his body there. ‘But we have 25 guys other than Christian who would do the same thing. ‘Everybody is ready to give everything. It’s unfortunate he had to come out but the fact he’s throwing his body on the line tells you how close this team is.’