Christian Pulisic will be out for six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed, meaning he will miss the start of the 2020/21 season. .
Pulisic has been in superb form since football resumed in June, and opened the scoring at Wembley with a typically composed finish.
Pulisic apparently pulls off mid-sprint during FA Cup final / Mark Atkins/Getty Images
However, he was forced off in the second half with a hamstring injury, and Chelsea lost 2–1.
Speaking about the length of Pulisic’s absence, Lampard said: [via the Daily Mail]: “Six weeks, I think. We have to treat the injury right. I think it’s going to be touch and go for the start of the season.
“So we’ll fit him in, and get him ready. If he misses the first game or two of the season, we’ll have Christian firing in. Hopefully he’ll be as hungry as he is. Looking to start over.”
The American was ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury in January, but finished the season with 11 goals and 10 assists in 34 appearances in all competitions, and Lampard insisted Pulisic’s English fit. Ball can be heartwarming from his first campaign.
Pulisic’s FA Cup final goal was his 11th of the season / Poll / Getty Images
The Chelsea boss added: “In the big scheme of things with Christian, as he looks back on his first season, there are levels of improvement when you think about the goals and assists this year, it’s his A career-best performance.”
“And it’s his first year in the Premier League. From where he went at the start to how he finished and how he played in the restart, he should be very happy, and that’s down to him.”
Team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta also suffered a hamstring injury against Arsenal but is aiming to return against Bayern Munich on Saturday evening, while N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also back to full fitness.