Chelsea boss Frank Lampard provides Christian Pulisic injury update ahead of Rennes clash

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed that Christian Pulisic is suffering from a “very minor injury to his hamstring”, after the American missed Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley. Pulisic was originally named in the starting XI but was replaced by Timo Werner when he suffered the hamstring injury in the warm-up.

Lampard was originally optimistic that the problem was not that serious, saying: “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.

“It’s a minor feeling that he had but definitely not right to go into 90 minutes of a game with that.

“Hopefully it’s short term, we’re talking weeks.”

Now, the Blues boss has offered a positive update on the forward, revealing Pulisic is already training outside but will miss their upcoming Champions League clash with Rennes.

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“He had a scan yesterday which showed a very minor injury to his hamstring and he’s already back outside,” said Lampard.

“He won’t be fit tomorrow but we’ll see after that.

“It’s obviously a relief for it to be on the small side. He’s an important player for us.

“Some players who play on the edge and have speed could be more susceptible.

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“We are looking at ways to manage Christian. We are all working in the same direction. We know the talent.”

Lampard also spoke about goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who has kept five clean sheets in five appearances following a move from the Blues’ upcoming opponents Rennes.

“It’s about the collective, but he [Mendy] has made a very good start to his career with us.

“He has shown his qualities and brought confidence to those around him.

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“When we were in to sign him, Petr Cech was heavily involved. All the feedback, was that he had a great personality in the dressing room, and everything I heard has come true.

“He is very low maintenance, he works hard and he is eager to engage with his teammates.

“He has smile on his face and it’s a real positive when a player hits the ground running on the pitch, but is a pleasure in the dressing room too.

“I’m sure there is more to come and I think he can go much further.”

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