This is how Teemu Pukki justified his paternity leave to the Yankees

Teemu Pukki returned in mid-February, talking about his desire to play in Saint Paul, the capital of Minnesota.

On Thursday, Teemu Pukki answered the questions of Yankee journalists. AOP / USA TODAY SPORTS

Before that Teemu Pukki had spent almost a month with his wife Cherry as support while the couple is expecting their third child.

On Thursday, the striker pulled out a full-strength team training session at the local United training centre.

– Of course, it wasn’t the ideal thing in terms of preparation, but some things are more important than football, Pukki explained his paternity leave to the Yankee journalists gathered at the place.

Minnesota United’s coaching staff were surprised because Pukki was in much stronger shape when he returned than when he left for Finland.

– We went every day Ruuskanen Jonin (the national team’s physical trainer) running in Urhea hall. I tried to use the time efficiently, and we did quite a lot of dune.

In the first league match of the season in Austin, Pukki was replaced from the field in the 68th minute after scoring the opening goal together By Robin Lodi with.

The local media wanted to know what makes Lodi such a good pair of horns for Puki.

– Robin is really good both with and without the ball. He knows how I move on the court and I get good passes from him. We need creative players like him.

– It certainly helps Robin that he opened his goal account. It is important for all forward players.

In Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against the Columbus Crew, Lod was sidelined with a leg injury. Pukki didn’t hit in the match on Saturday. The striker was substituted after less than an hour of the game.