Christian Pulisic has suffered a setback in his return from an adductor injury that has kept him out of action for four weeks, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said on Saturday.
The United States men’s national team and Chelsea midfielder has not played since New Years Day, but reportedly returned to training in the week leading up to Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Leicester City.
Pulisic was in contention to return to the lineup, but Lampard said the team might have rushed him back into the lineup, causing the setback.
“We tried to get him out there last week, step it up a little bit, but we had to pull out of that,” Lampard said following the match. “The break might have come at a good time, it buys us a couple of weeks. Of course you miss him. He’s a quality player and he was having a really good patch pre-Christmas. Others have to stand up too, but of course we’ll be happy when he’s back.”
Pulisic sustained the injury in training shortly after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on New Years Day. He played 66 minutes before he was subbed out of the match.
The 21-year-old has scored five goals and provided two assists in 16 appearances in the English Premier League this season. He has played in 22 matches across all competitions for Chelsea.
The English Premier League is entering a winter break and the Blues do not have another league match until Feb. 17 against Manchester United.