Head coach Frank Lampard has provided an update on the severity of Christian Pulisic’s hamstring injury.
The American international pulled out from Chelsea’s starting eleven at Turf Moor last weekend after sustaining an injury in the warm-up, with Timo Werner coming in to replace him on the wing.
Lampard has confirmed that Pulisic will not be fit to face Rennes on Wednesday night but has assured fans that the injury is not at all serious.
“Christian had a scan yesterday which showed a very minor injury to his hamstring,” Lampard said.
“It’s very minor, which is good, and he’s already back outside. He won’t be fit for tomorrow’s game [against Rennes] but we will see after that.
“It’s a relief for the injury to be on the small side, of course, and it felt that way to Christian. He made the right decision to pull out against Burnley.
“We are pleased it’s not a serious injury and we hope to have him back very soon because he’s an important player for us.”
“Muscle injuries are things you have to be careful with and some players who play on the edge and have speed could be more susceptible to them. We are looking at ways to manage Christian, we are all working in the same direction on that front. We all know the talent he has and he’s a very important player for us.”
It is no surprise that Lampard wants to be cautious with Pulisic following his recent injury history, especially after suffering another hamstring problem just a couple of months ago that forced him off the field in Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal and caused him to miss the beginning of this season.
Aside from all the issues though, Pulisic has clearly showcased his ability at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Dortmund and fans can look forward to seeing him back in prime condition playing alongside the likes of Werner, Havertz and Ziyech sometime in the near future.