Frank Lampard isn’t sure what to do for the best with injury-prone star Christian Pulisic, but says Chelsea are committed to finding a solution to his fitness problems.
Pulisic suffered a recurrence of a long-term hamstring problem in last season’s FA Cup final, and the issue has plagued him ever since. He had just looked to be getting back into the swing of things when it cropped up again before October’s win over Burnley, and he hasn’t been named in a squad since.
It’s frustrating for Lampard, who wants his American talisman – who has scored 12 and assisted 10 in 39 productive appearances for the club – available on a regular basis. He remains a young player, however, and the Chelsea boss has urged patience as they attempt to manage the situation.
“With Christian, we are still searching [for an answer],” Lampard said in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle. “He is in a position at the moment where he’s had a problematic injury and I think it is normal.
“Not every player is different. I think Christian had an issue before coming to us, some muscular injuries. He’s had them again. Everything about Christian, how he is around the training ground, how he prepares, how much he wants to play, is perfect.
“So we need to try and find the right balance between playing, resting and maintenance during the week to try and get the best out of him. He is a young player still. It is not abnormal.
“We will find a solution and I don’t want to make more of it than it is because we want as many games of Christian as we can possibly get because of his ability. But at the minute, he’s injured so in the short-term it’s a work in progress.
“But we have a great medical team here and we are very much joined up on the idea of getting the best of Christian by getting him fit as much as we can.”