Christian Pulisic Chelsea 2020-21

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has said he couldn’t afford to take a chance with Christian Pulisic after he wasomitted from his side for the trip to Everton.

He did express some hope, however, that Pulisic could return for Tuesday night’s Premier League clash against Wolves.

“Christian has a bit of awareness in his hamstring,” Lampard said to reporters prior to the game. “He’s been training through the week but he felt some awareness and we simply can’t risk him.

“We have seen two wingers go down recently, Ziyech last week and Callum in training. We are coming up to a busy period in the season. As we keep saying, players are getting a lot of muscle injuries.

“Christian wasn’t quite ready, but hopefully for Tuesday night, we will find out next week.”

Pulisic has endured an injury-hit season, as he’s been limited to just eight total appearances for the Blues. He missed several games at the beginning of the campaign while recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in last term’sFA Cup final, while he then missed more time in October and November with another hamstring problem.

The U.S. international played 60 minutes against Leeds last weekend after entering the match in the first half for an injuredZiyech. He would go on to score in the second half as the Blues won 3-1.

Following that match he was left on the bench for Chelsea’s midweek draw against Krasnodar in the Champions League.

After the Krasnodar match, Lampard said that Pulisic’s hamstring had again become an issue, though he refrained from calling it aninjury while insisting he would be ready to face Everton.

“Christian is a work in progress,” Lampard said ahead of thetrip to Goodison Park. “I don’t want to call this an injury that he had in midweek. If the game had been a different type of game, then maybe I would have used him.

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