Christian Pulisic did not return to the U.S. men’s national team Group B finale against Iran on Tuesday due to an abdominal injury, according to a U.S. Soccer spokesperson.

In the 38th minute, the Chelsea winger received pass from Sergiño Dest and scored the first goal of the match, putting the USMNT up 1-0.

While making the play, he collided with Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand. Pulisic was on the ground in pain for more than two minutes. When he got up, he walked away from the net gingerly, but continued playing minutes later. During a stoppage of play later in the half, he doubled over when an Iranian player got hurt and teammate Weston McKennie checked on him.

Pulisic did not come on the pitch in the second half, replaced by Leeds United midfielder Brenden Aaronson at the break. A a spokesperson for U.S. Soccer said he was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation.

Pulisic’s goal was the lone one of the game and the United States won to advance to the Round of 16. They will play the Netherlands on Saturday.

McKennie said he texted Pulisic after the game and he responded, “Best believe I’ll be ready Saturday.”

Contributing: Nancy Armour

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Christian Pulisic injured during Iran vs. USMNT after World Cup goal



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