It looks like he might have struggled to fully regain his match fitness and wanted to get 100% before returning to the pitch, which of course is very wise.

Kai Havertz was a player who suffered with the after effects of covid last season when he went down with it, Pulisic might have experienced something similar.

But he was back in action for USA yesterday as they drew 1-1 with Canada, and although he couldn’t do anything to help them win the match, he admits it was good to be back in action and it will put him in a good position to be available for Chelsea this weekend.

“Obviously it was tough for me. I wanted to be part of the team but I wasn’t 100 per cent ready.

“We made the decision to play today [against Canada] and I felt pretty good. It’s good to be back with the team and I just want to be here to help in whatever way I can.

“We were on the front foot for most of the game but Canada defended well.

“It felt like we couldn’t break them down, we couldn’t go from side to side quickly enough and make them run. We just need to find different solutions and new ideas at times.

“It’s not exactly where we want to be but we have a lot of games left to play. It’s not time to drop our heads. We have one more game in this window and we just have to keep going.”

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