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Chelsea, USMNT star Pulisic returns home to USA

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - JULY 31: Christian Pulisic of Chelsea celebrates after he scores his sides third goal during the pre-season friendly match between RB Salzburg and FC Chelsea at Red Bull Arena on July 31, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Christian Pulisic has returned home to the USA to spend time with his family during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pulisic, 21, has been in London for the last few weeks since the Premier League season was suspended, but in an interview with Chelsea’s website the USMNT star revealed he has now returned to his hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Other Chelsea stars have travelled home over the past few weeks with Willian flying back to Brazil to be with his family. Pulisic is still very young and will obviously feel more comfortable being back home with his parents during the current coronavirus pandemic which has hit London and the UK particularly hard.

“I’m back in the United States and it’s definitely good to be back with the family at this time,” Pulisic said. “They are all doing well, they are all healthy so it’s good. Obviously in the US the virus has definitely been growing in certain spots but the town where I am is actually not too bad. There are a couple of cases but nothing like the scale of other places. Hopefully things can start to slow down anyway.”

Pulisic was asked about the adductor injury he picked up in early January which has seen him out of action since January 1 and he revealed that his comeback has been far from straightforward.

“It was really tough with this most recent one. I think that a lot of people didn’t realise how serious it was. It was a really freak injury in how it happened,” Pulisic explained. “It happened in training out of nothing really and it put me out a while. But I’m feeling good now, I’ve been training a lot and I’m just really excited to get back out on the field. It feels like it’s been a long time without football for everyone at the moment, but certainly for me because I had the injury on top of everything that’s going on now.”

That means that if and when the season resumes, Pulisic could have gone six months without playing a single game. It is expected the Premier League could return in July and on one hand Pulisic will be totally fresh but on another there would obviously be a bit of a rust to shake off.

Frank Lampard and Pulisic’s Chelsea teammates have admitted they’ve missed the American winger in recent months and his trickery and pace certainly gives them an extra dimension in their attack.

His first season has been one of ups and downs but with a hat trick against Burnley and big Champions League goals to his name there’s no doubt that Pulisic can be pretty pleased with his first season in the Premier League, so far.

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