Christian Pulisic injury: Chelsea FC face anxious wait after USA winger suffers ankle problem in Honduras win

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Christian Pulisic was injured during the USA’s win over Honduras  (AP)
Christian Pulisic was injured during the USA’s win over Honduras (AP)

Chelsea have been left to sweat over an ankle injury sustained by Christian Pulisic on international duty with the USA.

The winger was forced off around the hour mark following a clash with Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa during Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

Pulisic will now return to Chelsea where his ankle will be assessed ahead of this weekend's visit of Aston Villa and Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Zenit St Petersburg.

Following the USA's 4-1 win over Honduras, manager Gregg Berhalter said: “Christian has a slight ankle injury.

“We’re going to get more info on it when he goes back to London, the severity of it.”

Pulisic’s time in west London has been hampered by injury since his move from Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

A key target for Pulisic this season had been to stay fit in order to cement his place in manager Thomas Tuchel's starting XI.

“Staying healthy is definitely a big target of mine, and trying to be available as much as I can to continue to help my team and make a big impact,” said Pulisic, speaking in an exclusive interview with Standard Sport ahead of the season.

His injury is another international break headache for Tuchel, who was informed by Fifa on Wednesday that he would not be able to use Thiago Silva for Chelsea's next two games after the Brazilian FA asked world football’s governing body to invoke a rule banning their players for five days.

Eight players across five Premier League clubs are impacted after not releasing their Brazilian internationals over the break.

With Brazil on the UK government's travel red list, players would have had to quarantine in a hotel upon their return. It is mandatory for clubs to release players to their national associations unless there is prior agreement not to do so, meaning the Brazilian FA are well within their rights to request Fifa place restrictions on the clubs.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Leeds United will also be unable to play their Brazil internationals until after September 14.

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