Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed Christian Pulisic is not fit to return against West Brom this weekend and there are some concerns about his level of recovery. Pulisic was all set to start last week against Burnley but he picked up an injury during the warm-up before the game.
He had to be replaced just 10 minutes before kick-off with Timo Werner coming in to take his place.
Speaking earlier this week, Lampard admitted his relief after a scan revealed no serious damage to Pulisic’s hamstring.
“Christian had a scan yesterday that showed a very, very minor injury to his hamstring, very minor,” the Chelsea boss said.
He wasn’t available for the game against Rennes this week, but there was optimism he would return in time to face West Brom.
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However, Lampard has suggested the USA international suffered a setback in his recovery this week.
And the Chelsea boss confirmed Pulisic will not be in contention to return this weekend.
“Not fit to play, still suffering with his hamstring,” Lampard said.
“He’s not training at the moment.”
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He added: “He trained at a low level in midweek and wasn’t comfortable.
“We have to keep looking for the right solution.”
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Kepa Arrizabalaga has been out with a shoulder injury of late, but Lampard confirmed the Spaniard will be involved on Saturday.
“Kepa is recovered. Slight bit of pain but in the squad tomorrow,” he said.
Chelsea are in a rich vein of form heading into the game against West Brom.
They’ve won three games on the bounce, scoring 10 goals in the process while keeping a clean sheet each of their last five matches.
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