Frank Lampard has confirmed that Christian Pulisic suffered another hamstring injury before Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Burnley but is hopeful the forward will be sidelined for weeks rather than months.
Goals from Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner secured Chelsea their second away win of the Premier League season but Pulisic’s injury put a slight dampener on the afternoon for the visitors ahead of a busy period for the club, domestically and in Europe.
Pulisic would have been chomping at the bit ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Turf Moor after scoring a hat-trick in the same fixture last term so there was little surprise when Lampard selected him in his starting XI.
But the 22-year-old had what looked like an innocuous fall in Chelsea’s preparations immediately prior to kick-off and had to be replaced by summer signing Werner at the last minute.
Replays of the incident show Pulisic slipping on the turf during a pre-match passing exercise and, while the forward initially appeared fine as he got back to his feet, he proceeded to storm off the pitch before throwing his bib to the ground in anger and frustration.
Asked for an update on Pulisic’s fitness, Lampard said: ‘Yes, he felt a little something in his hamstring.
‘He’s frustrated because he’s worked so hard to get fit.
‘He’s played three games, we’ve tried to manage him in the week and it’s a small feeling in his hamstring so we’ll have to see how he is over the next 24 hours.’
The Chelsea boss added: ‘Hopefully it’s short term, we’re talking weeks it’s a minor feeling that he had but definitely not right to go into 90 minutes of a game with that
It was a hamstring problem – that Pulisic sustained in Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal – that ruled American out of the club’s first five matches of this term.
The United States international was arguably Chelsea’s standout player at Wembley and put his side in front in only the fifth minute before being forced off in the second half.
Lampard will be hoping the ex-Borussia Dortmund star makes a speedier recovery from his latest injury, with games coming thick and fast for the Blues.