Why Tuchel is worried about Pulisic despite his goal against Leicester

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will have ‘concerns’ over Christian Pulisic’s injury record, according to USA legend Brad Friedel.

Pulisic has suffered a number of injuries since his £58million arrival from Borussia Dortmund back in 2019 and has been restricted to just 3 Premier League appearances this season, mainly because of an ankle injury.

After scoring in the opening day of the season against Crystal Palace, Pulisic didn’t play for the Blues again until the 1-1 draw against Burnley before the international break. He then came off the bench to score in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday.

Friedel told Goal: “When your best players are consistently injured, it’s a concern.

“You want your best players to also be playing consistently with their club teams and you want them free of injury, and he has not been free of injury. That has also stunted his ability to be a regular for Chelsea.

“I don’t think it’s a concern as far as when he is fit and will he be on the team sheet. For the US he will, but it is a concern because you want your best players to be fully fit.

“The national side is not a day-to-day club team so the people that monitor his fitness are going to be his club team, and that’s Chelsea right now.

“I’m sure, if you ask Chelsea are his injuries an issue and are they worrying about it, I think – maybe not on the record but definitely off it – they would say ‘yes, it’s a concern’.”

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