Christian Pulisic explains struggle on the road to recovery
The 23-year-old suffered an ankle injury playing with the United States men’s national team and was sidelined for almost two months.
The start of the 2021/22 season has not been easy for Christian Pulisic and the forward has opened up about the struggles he has been going through on his road to recovery. The 23-year-old scored in Chelsea’s opening game of the Premier League season and right after tested positive for covid-19, forcing him to miss two back-to-back matches.
He managed to recover before joining up with the United States men’s national team during the international break in September for the start of the qualifiers in CONCACAF. Pulisic played two matches, and in the 4-1 win against Honduras on 8 September he suffered an ankle injury. It took him almost two months to recover and he has spoken to the official Chelsea website about the struggles he has gone through.
Long road to recovery
"This injury was a tough one for me to get over. I missed a lot of the first part of the season and I'm not a naturally patient person so I just wanted to get back as soon as possible. There weren't any real setbacks but there were times where I tried to come back and push it but it just wasn't quite ready. It was just trying to manage how much I could do based off the pain,” Pulisic said.
"It was important to have good communication with the medical and training staff. I needed a certain amount of time for the injury to heal and then once you start to play again, you want to take it a bit slower," he added.