The U.S. international winger Christian Pulisic is finally ready to make his season debut. After dealing with a hamstring injury over the past several weeks, Pulisic is fit again and ready to play ahead of Chelsea’s weekend duel against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard confirmed the news during a press conference on Friday but added that the 22-year-old American wouldn’t play the entire game.
“Pulisic is in the squad for tomorrow,” said Lampard. “He won’t start the match because of the injury he has had. It has been a difficult injury. I’m very keen to get him back in there so it is great to have him back, for himself, and for the boost he can give the team. He is an important player for us.”
Christian Pulisic emerged as a breakthrough star for Chelsea last season, playing a crucial role in helping the team to get the UEFA Champions League spot. Pulisic played 34 games in all competitions in 2019/20, scoring 11 goals and adding 10 assists.
Pulisic’s return will give another dimension to Chelsea’s game, as the London club has been playing inconsistently to start the season. One of the reasons for this shaky start is the addition of several new players who didn’t have time to grow together due to short preseason.
Chelsea has one win in the first three games of the Premier League and has been eliminated from the English League Cup by Tottenham on Tuesday. However, they are about to have a stretch of easy games, which should give them an opportunity to get back into form.