Pulisic Set To Start For First Time In 4 Games

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Chelsea’s January signing Christian Pulisic has missed the last three games for the Blues, as the 21-year-old who joined Chelsea during the summer has missed Chelsea’s Premier League games against Wolves and Liverpool, as well as the Champions League clash with Valencia.

Pulisic had previously featured in all of Chelsea’s games, but has fallen out of favour with Frank Lampard and has failed to even come off the bench in the last three games.

However, the US international is expected to make a return to the starting lineup as Chelsea host Grimsby in the Carabao Cup clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Frank Lampard has also confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James will play against Grimsby Town, in what will be their first game of the season. For Reece James, it will even be his debut game for Chelsea after a successful time on loan with Wigan Athletic last season.

Lampard won the League Cup twice during his playing career, and he has revealed that he’s taking this competition seriously, although he sees it as an opportunity to bring in the youngsters.

“It will be an opportunity to blood young players in this game and it is a competition we want to be competitive in,” Lampard said.

“It does give a good feeling. I saw Chelsea get to the final last year and beat Tottenham in the semi. I saw how Stamford Bridge was celebrating that, and the team was slightly unlucky to lose to Man City in the final. We will try to be competitive and at the same time as giving the youngsters a go, we will try to win, as a club like Chelsea should always do.

“I have nice memories of the two finals I won. It is a competition that is difficult to win but we have to give it everything.”

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