US boss gives judgment call on injury prone Christian Pulisic

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Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has been out injured since suffering an ankle injury in September, and he only recently returned to the team.

The 23-year-old is yet to start a game for Chelsea since his return from injury, as he has only featured in two substitute roles.

However, he was invited for national team duties and came on from the bench to help the US team beat Mexico 2-0 last time out.

US now have another crunch tie with Jamaica, and US boss Gregg Berhalter has said he’d give a a judgment call to decide whether to start Pulisic or not in that game.

“It comes down to a judgment call,” Berhalter said. “It comes down to how we feel he can best affect the opponent.

“We could have started him against Mexico, but we didn’t want to start him against Mexico because we knew that he couldn’t go the full 90. So it’s going to be a similar type of question that we have to ask for this game.

“If we do start him, how much time can he play and what does that look like for the game and getting the result of the game?

“For us, it’s still up in the air, but what I’d say is that he’s come along really well after the game. He trained yesterday and will be in full training today so we’ll see.”

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