Lampard reveals his major worry about Pulisic

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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has a checkered injury history, as the American star seems to be injury prone.

Last season alone, Pulisic missed out of action multiple times as he was out injured on regular intervals.

After getting injured and ruled out for three months, Pulisic was able to return to the team yet again before the end of the season, but the coronavirus induced lockdown ensured he was able to return and help his side to a top four finish.

However, Pulisic suffered yet another injury in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, and had some little injury worries even before the 5-3 defeat against Liverpool.

The 21-year-old is yet to play this season, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that he is trying to manage his American star.

The Blues manager said: “There is always a concern about players’ fitness when the history says there has been some injuries and last season we did have it with Christian. I was questioned many times on my position on Christian when he did play and didn’t play.

“Of course, when you look at a player with his recent record, you are trying to find the right way, the right balance of getting the best out of him which we saw in big periods last year and making sure you don’t overcook him and leave him susceptible to injury, particularly a player of his explosive pace and balance. That’s a fine line.

“We are working on that and Christian is also very open to that. He wants to play, he is so hungry to play and he is very nearly fit now but it is certainly something we will have to manage with him this season because we have all seen the talent and it is something we want to get right.

“I am not saying it is a fundamental chronic issue, it’s not. But we want to get as many minutes of the really great Christian we saw lots of last season on the pitch.

“Christian isn’t ready for the squad – nor is Hakim Ziyech – but they are both training with us now which is good news and we hope to have them with us in proper match contention over the next week or two.”

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