Christian Pulisic to miss Friday’s match with muscle injury

Oct 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; USA midfielder Christian Pulisic (10) during the second half at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic has been ruled out for Friday’s match against Stuttgart due to a lingering muscle injury.

“Christian Pulisic has been ruled out of Borussia Dortmund’s match at VfB Stuttgard at late notice due to muscular problems,” reads an official statement released by the club.

Pulisic stayed back with his team and chose not to participate in the United States’ friendly against Portugal earlier this week. Dortmund will be short on the pitch, attempting to pick up the win without Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Isak, all of whom will be out.

Aubameyang is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals this year while the U.S. Soccer’s wunderkind has found the back of the net twice. He is now in his third season with Dortmund, scoring three goals last year in 29 appearances and a pair of goals in nine appearances in 2015-16.

The Hershey, Pennsylvania, native became the youngest foreigner to score a goal in the Bundesliga in April 2016. He has already become the youngest player to suit up for the United States’ men’s national team in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. His dominance on the national team circuit saw him score 21 goals in 28 appearances with the U15 team and 28 goals in 34 appearances on the U17 team. Through the 20 appearances he has had with the senior team, he already has nine goals.

Pulisic is widely considered to be a major player in the future of U.S. soccer, but after the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he will have to wait until 2022 to arrive on that stage.

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