Tuchel: Pulisic is impatient

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Christian Pulisic is the only absentee for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Malmo.

The American star has suffered a setback to the injury he sustained while on international duty with the USA.

According to Tuchel, Pulisic was so much in a hurry to return to action, which led to his recent setback.

Tuchel said ahead of Wednesday’s game: “It’s only Christian Pulisic who is missing for tomorrow.

“He was getting close [to a return] but then had a little reaction with some pain in his ankle. Christian is impatient because he wants to play, he wants to be on the pitch helping us and we can see how much he is suffering in team meetings when he can’t be involved. This is normal.

“It’s difficult for him. He got injured during a match for the USA, he suffered a tough foul and hurt his ankle.

“There is nothing to worry about him in terms of hiding details or anything like that. I cannot give you all the information because, simply, I’m not a doctor but he has had some small setbacks from the pain in the ankle.

“These are not setbacks from a major injury or any further complications, it is just from pain in the ankle that disturbs him.

“Players with quick movements like Christian have to be very careful. The recovery is not happening too easily and when he has some pain or some setback, he’s had to start all over again.

“He is very, very close to returning. He had a little reaction with some pain and he just needs to take his time and be patient.”

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