Frank Lampard refuses to rule Christian Pulisic out of Everton clash but insists he’s a ‘work in progress’ due to hamstring issues ahead of upcoming busy Christmas schedule
- Frank Lampard addressed the media ahead of Chelsea’s trip to take on Everton
- He discussed Christian Pulisic’s fitness after missing 10 matches already
- The Chelsea boss played down talk that his side are currently title favourites
- Lampard comes up against his former boss Carlo Ancelotti in the next match
Frank Lampard admits Christian Pulisic remains a ‘work in progress’ as his hamstrings continue to cause concern heading into Chelsea’s hectic Christmas run.
The US international had already missed 10 matches this season before he was left on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Krasnodar.
Pulisic also suffered an injury-ridden first year in English football but, when fit, has proven himself to be one of Chelsea’s most potent attacking weapons.
Frank Lampard admits Christian Pulisic remains a ‘work in progress’ due to injury problems
Chelsea manager refused to rule the winger out of this weekend’s clash at Everton, however
Earlier this season he was dogged by complications surrounding a hamstring problem – first sustained in the FA Cup final back in August.
And fresh fears persuaded Lampard to leave the 22-year-old on the bench for the midweek dead-rubber as a precaution.
‘Christian Pulisic had a tiny bit of an awareness off the back of the Leeds game (last week) with one of his hamstrings but he’s training normally,’ Lampard said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton.
When fit, Pulisic has proven himself to be one of Chelsea’s most potent attacking weapons
‘Christian is a work in progress – I don’t want to call it an injury he had in midweek. If the game had been a different type of game, it may have been one where I’d have felt I’d have used him.
‘We know his abilities, that’s very clear – he showed that when he came on against Leeds last week, I just have to find the right way to get the best out of him regularly and consistently.’
Elsewhere, Lampard has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Goodison Park, with both Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi out with hamstring problems ‘for around a couple of weeks.’
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