‘I will be FINE for Saturday’: Picture of Christian Pulisic celebrating from HOSPITAL surfaces after getting hurt scoring the goal that led USA past Iran to set up Netherlands showdown… as USMNT star man says he is ‘f***ing proud’ of his team
Christian Pulisic has given US fans and his national team a marked boost ahead of its do-or-die Round of 16 clash with the Netherlands Saturday morning.
Pulisic scored the winning goal in their final group game vs. Iran to secure progression, before succumbing to an abdominal injury which occurred in the act of scoring. Following his substitution, he was taken to hospital.
Amid fears on his condition, what appears to be a snapchat picture of Pulisic from his hospital bed has surfaced on social media, retweeted by the USA team’s official account, showing him cheering.
Christian Pulisic says he will be fine to play in the US’ World Cup last-16 game vs. Netherlands
The photo in question is captioned: ‘So f***ing proud of my guys I’ll be ready Saturday don’t worry.’
Awaiting them are the Netherlands who finished top of Group A ahead of Senegal, Ecuador and hosts, Qatar.
Without Pulisic, the Dutch would present an order almost too tall to conquer, but with him they are every chance of knocking off the Oranje.
Christian Pulisic threw himself into the fire, ultimately succumbing to an abdominal injury
Pulisic has been lavished in praise by teammates and media alike since the US qualified for a chance at the quarter-finals.
Coach Gregg Berhalter provided no detailed update on the Chelsea winger following his side’s triumph over longtime political rival, Iran.
‘No update on the status,’ Berhalter said of his star man.
Pulisic sprinted to reach Sergino Dest’s ball across the six-yard area to convert it for the lead
‘But I’ve been saying all along, it is a wonderful thing when one of your best players is one of the hardest working. I can’t say enough positive things about Christian.’
Midfielder Tyler Adams echoed his coach’s admiration of ‘Captain America’, speaking postgame.
‘How many goals has he scored like that in his career?’ Adams said.
Pulisic stayed down for treatment and he was unable to celebrate a huge goal for his team
‘I mean, back post arriving, he’s brilliant. The way that his timing is in into the box and to get in front of that ball, he’ll do anything for this team in order for us to win.
‘[He’s a] huge player for us, obviously. Praying for him, hoping everything is okay.
‘But he’ll hang in there. I know he’ll do anything to play in the next game. So we’ll be counting on him.’
Pulisic was hurt after colliding with Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand as he scored the winner
For a third time in four World Cups, the US is through to the last-16. After dominating and, if there is a criticism, wasting too many chances, the young Americans retreated to see out the nervy final exchanges.
It wasn’t without drama during nine minutes of stoppage time, and yet it ended in a famous win for the Stars and Stripes.
Bravery and heart were there in abundance in front of a wonderfully-hostile crowd, determined to see the US crash at the expense of Iran, just like 1998 in Lyon.
The United States squad including former Newcastle man DeAndre Yedlin (C) celebrate making it through to the Round of 16, where they will face the Netherlands on Saturday 10a ET
‘I always say it’s us against the world. Cause no one believed that the U.S. could play good football,’ star winger, Tim Weah said postgame. ‘We’re just here trying to show the world.
‘I think it’s no better than to do it with the people you love. My family are in the stands and we do it for them.’
The burgeoning US squad will next look to defy its doubters and the Dutch come Saturday morning.
US fans both in Qatar & abroad erupted as their nation qualified for the Round of 16 Tuesday