Christian Pulisic suffers hamstring injury despite AC Milan’s UCL win over PSG
AC Milan saved its UEFA Champions League knockout stage hopes for at least another day, but could very well be without star attacker Christian Pulisic for the near future.
Christian Pulisic started and played 90 minutes in the match before being substituted off with an apparent hamstring cramp in second-half stoppage time. The U.S. men’s national team star was rested during Milan’s 1-0 Serie A loss to Udinese last weekend and now could be set for a lengthier spell following Wednesday’s injury.
Despite Milan Skriniar’s opening goal for PSG, AC Milan rallied and boosted itself back in front.
Rafael Leao’s 12th minute equalizer helped make it 1-1 at the San Siro before Oliver Giroud propelled the Rossoneri in front 2-1 just five minutes into the second half.
The 25-year-old Pulisic won seven of his nine duels and made five recoveries before being replaced by Alessandro Florenzi. Fellow USMNT star Yunus Musah started for the Rossoneri, playing 84 minutes in the match.
Pioli admitted that Pulisic’s injury happened in the same spot as his most recent worry and is hoping nothing serious comes from his diagnosis.
“It seems like a cramp, but in the same place as last time,” Pioli said. “We really hope it’s just that.”
Pulisic’s absence would be crucial for not only AC Milan but also for the USMNT this month. Gregg Berhalter’s squad will face Trinidad & Tobago in the Concacaf Nations League quarterfinals as the Americans seek a third-straight title in the competition.
AC Milan travels to Lecce on Saturday in its final match before the international window. The Rossoneri will also host Fiorentina (Serie A) and Borussia Dortmund (Champions League) later this month.