Chelsea: Getting and keeping Christian Pulisic fit remains 'work in progress'

Christian Pulisic, who missed the USA's two friendlies during the November window, remains sidelined three weeks after suffering another hamstring injury.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said his medical staff is trying to find a way to deal the 22-year-old American's persistent fitness issues since his move last season from Borussia Dortmund.

Pulisic aggravated a hamstring injury in warm-ups prior to Chelsea's game at Burnley on Oct. 31. He attended the first couple of days of the U.S. national team's training camp in Wales to be around the team but then returned to Chelsea's training complex in Cobham to continue his rehabilitation.

Pulisic has played in just five of Chelsea's 14 games this season and has already been ruled out of Saturday's match against Newcastle United.

"With Christian, we are still searching [for an answer]," Lampard said on Thursday. "He is in a position at the moment where, as I said, he's had a problematic injury and I think it is normal."

Pulisic had muscular problems in his last season at Dortmund, but Lampard praised his work.

"Everything about Christian, how he is around the training ground, how he prepares, how much he wants to play, is perfect," he said. "So we need to try and find the right balance between playing, resting and maintenance during the week to try and get the best out of him. He is a young player still. It is not abnormal."

Pulisic did not play after Jan. 1 until the Premier League lockdown in March because of an injury to his adductor muscle. But he was a big reason Chelsea held on to clinch fourth place and a berth in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League. After the restart, Pulisic scored five goals, added two assists and created three other goals after being fouled on plays teammate Willian converted from the penalty spot and or on a free kick.
The last of his 11 goals for Chelsea came in the first half of the English FA Cup final against Arsenal in August. But seconds into the second half, Pulisic injured his hamstring and missed the start of the 2020-21 season.

He did not score in three Premier League appearances but came on as a sub in the 4-0 win over Krasnodar in the UEFA Champions League and had a hand in the last three goals, scoring the final one himself. But three days later, he was injured again.

"We will find a solution and I don't want to make more of it than it is because we want as many games of Christian as we can possibly get because of his ability," Lampard added. "But at the minute, he's injured so in the short-term it is a work in progress. But we have a great medical team here and we are very much joined up on the idea of getting the best of Christian by getting him fit as much as we can."

5 comments about "Chelsea: Getting and keeping Christian Pulisic fit remains 'work in progress'".
  1. Sharon Anderon, November 20, 2020 at 2:46 p.m.

    He truly needs to hydrate better?? 

    they have $$$, so hoping they find the fix. 

    praying his hamstring can fully heal. 

  2. Wooden Ships, November 20, 2020 at 3:48 p.m.

    Over the years I've wondered how much stress/anxiety effects some players with muscle/tissue issues. I know that sounds preposterous. But, I have seen it too many times, the high strung personality seems more susceptible. Assuming diet, rest, hydration are good, stretching/staying warmed up, reasonable strength work, etc. Dunno, maybe a Shaman, Zen? I fear for him though, great young man and player. 

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, November 23, 2020 at 12:14 a.m.

    Have to wonder if they are looking at his running mechanics?

  4. R2 Dad, November 20, 2020 at 11:35 p.m.

    Clearly the physical load is onerous, Chelsea staff must determine a conservative work load until hammy finally healed. CP should talk to some of the greats that worked through hamstring injuries, to see what they have to say. He better get a handle on this soon or he'll never see 30 on the pitch.

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, November 24, 2020 at 10:57 a.m.

    I suggest he Talk to Arjen Robben; "Hombre Vidrio" de Real Madrid... The "Glass Man" was always Broken in España, but made it 10 years at Bayern Munich... I think a Transfer To Barça would Suit His Style and Physical abilities better (as much as it Pains me to say that.!!!)

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