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Christian Pulisic says calf injury improving

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 06: USA midfielder Christian Pulisic (10) looks to the crowd after scoring a goal during the World Cup Qualifying soccer match between the US Mens National Team and Panama on October 6, 2017 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando FL (Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire)
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Star American midfielder Christian Pulisic says that his injured left calf is improving, according to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN. However, Pulisic would not say for sure whether or not he would play in the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

“Doing better. I’ve been improving every single day. I’m just trying to get as much recovery in as I can,” said Pulisic.

The 19-year-old said he was kicked in the calf in the opening moments of the United States’ match against Panama on Friday, in which Pulisic played 57 minutes. The Americans won the contest by a score of 4-0. Pulisic also said that his recovery from the ailment has been made more difficult thanks to a flooded field at Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.

“We couldn’t do much in training,” he said. “I got to move around a little bit and see where I was at, so I was feeling pretty good.”

Pulisic scored the opening goal against Panama last week and assisted Jozy Altidore on the United States’ second score. He was very emotional after his goal, and the youngster says it was merely pent-up energy.

“There were a lot of things going on leading up to that game, a lot of criticism, a lot of things going on with our team,” he said. “I guess all of my emotion just came out after that goal. I just wanted it so bad, I wanted to win that game so bad. It meant so much to me, so that’s what you saw.”



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