'Not good': Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea player is in too much pain to train

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on Christian Pulisic’s injury situation ahead of Saturday’s clash against Southampton.

The 23-year-old picked up an ankle injury in the USMNT’s win over Honduras on 9 September and has been out since.

The injury seems worse than initially expected, as Tuchel confirmed that the winger is nowhere near returning.

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“Not so good,” the German told Chelsea TV about Pulisic’s recovery process.

“He’s still [in] a lot of pain that he has to get used to and in too much pain to start training with us.

“So he’s still in the individual rehabilitation.”

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Pulisic has missed seven games due to the injury, and nine in total this season, including his Covid-19 absences.

That is certainly concerning, particularly considering his injury record.

On a more positive note, Mason Mount, who missed the last couple of games due to a minor injury, is back in contention to start against Southampton.

Tuchel admitted Chelsea really missed the England international’s “energy” in the final third in the back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Juventus.

“About the quality and the energy — enough said about Mason,” the Chelsea manager added.

“We’re happy to have him back, a crucial player.”

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