Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has cast doubt over Christian Pulisic’s availability for Monday’s Premier League trip to Brighton.
The 21-year-old has returned to training much earlier than expected after suffering a hamstring injury in the FA Cup final against Arsenal in August.
Chelsea fans are obviously excited about potentially seeing their new No.10 in action alongside a few other summer signings.
They could wait a little longer to see Pulisic back on the pitch, though, as Lampard said he would be cautious to field the USMNT star and possibly risk another injury, having had to prepare without up to five players for Monday’s game.
He told NBC Sport’s Arlo White: “He has trained with us for the last [few] days since Wednesday and we play on Monday so I suppose I have to be a little bit careful going to Brighton.
“I’ll see how he is right up until that game because he had a quite serious hamstring injury and his recovery has been pretty quick.”
The Chelsea manager, however, clearly has a big plan for Pulisic this season, particularly with new attackers Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech to help.
“I’m very excited that this season he is going to improve even more,” Lampard added.
“He has come back really hungry, I feel he will only improve with the players that we’ve brought in and around him in those forward areas.
“They will hopefully be on a wavelength with him and will be able to take the attention away from him with their movements to give Christian even more space.
“The more these players work together now, I’m excited with the front players we’ve got and Christian is in the middle of that.”