Frank Lampard says Thiago Silva is in top bracket of defenders with Virgil van Dijk and Vincent Kompany

The 22-year-old had tentatively returned to training earlier this week, but now Blues boss Lampard has admitted Chelsea are still looking to solve Pulisic’s problem.

Asked if Pulisic would be involved against the Blades, Lampard said: “No, he’s not fit to play; he’s still suffering with his hamstring.

“He’s not training at the moment. He trained at a low level in midweek but he wasn’t comfortable, so we have to keep looking for the right solution.

“Kepa has recovered, he’s still getting a slight bit of pain but he’s in the squad.”

Kai Havertz missed Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes after testing positive for Covid-19 and will also sit out the weekend’s league match.

The Germany playmaker now faces a wait to discover whether he will be able to be involved in his country’s upcoming fixtures.

Asked if Havertz will be able to link up with the Germany squad, Lampard said: “I don’t know that, we have to wait until he’s symptom-free first of all.

“And then when he takes his test, we’ll have to try for him to return a negative test.

“So at the minute it’s not decided, it’s not clear.”

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