Christian Pulisic was taken off at half-time in Chelsea’s shock 5-2 defeat at home to West Brom – and footage has emerged showing it was the result of yet another injury.
The Blues were thumped by Sam Allardyce’s relegation battlers on an astonishing afternoon at Stamford Bridge, despite initially taking the lead through Pulisic after 27 minutes.
Thiago Silva’s sending off two minutes later turned the game on its head, with Matheus Pereira then scoring twice before the interval to edge the Baggies ahead.
And in a sensational second half, Callum Robinson’s brace and a Mbaye Diagne strike handed the visitors a resounding victory.
Chelsea did pull a goal back through substitute Mason Mount, but in the end it proved nothing more than a consolation.
Mount entered the fray at half-time having been left out of the starting XI on the back of three England appearances over the past nine days.
The midfielder replaced Pulisic before the second half got underway, and Tuchel’s change seemed purely tactical at the time.
However, footage from NBCSN shows that Pulisic was actually withdrawn at half-time because of an injury problem.
In the bizarre clip, the American can initially be seen reemerging for the second half, but as he tries to sprint 10 yards towards a cone he pulls up with what appears to be a hamstring issue.
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He then returns to the touchline to inform Tuchel that he needs to be replaced, leaving the Chelsea head coach visibly unhappy.
Pulisic has struggled with injuries over the past six months, suffering a hamstring problem during Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal back in August of last year.
He returned to full fitness two months later, yet the former Borussia Dortmund was then forced to undergo quarantine at the end of October after testing positive for Covid-19.
A muscle injury then kept him out of action for the majority of November, and now he could be set for another spell on the sidelines.
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