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Christian Pulisic will be out for two months with a knee injury

Christian Pulisic will be out for two months with a knee injury

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Christian Pulisic will be out for up to two months with a knee injury, Chelsea manager Graham Potter said on Wednesday.

The US striker suffered a right knee injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester City last week.

“Christian will be out for a few months, we think. Hopefully it will be less but that’s the timeframe,” Potter said ahead of Thursday’s Premier League game against Fulham.

It’s the latest injury setback for Pulisic, whose Chelsea career was cut short by fitness issues.

The 24-year-old former Borussia Dortmund player has started all three of Chelsea’s games since returning from the World Cup in Qatar but was substituted off after 22 minutes by City.

The United States have friendlies against Serbia on January 26 and Colombia on January 29.

Pulisic’s injury is the final blow for Chelsea, with Reece James, Raheem Sterling, N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell on the touchline list.

Potter will have Pierre Emerick Aubameyang available after a back problem kept the striker out of Sunday’s 4-0 FA Cup defeat by City.

Chelsea have also been bolstered by the signing of Atletico Madrid striker João Félix on loan until the end of the season.

“He’s a quality player and he’ll make the difference in the last third of the pitch,” said Potter. “He’s young but has really good experience. The signing is a boost for everyone.

“He’s of a good age and can play between the lines as a second striker and make the difference in the last third. We look forward to working with him.”

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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