Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Christian Pulisic suffered from another hamstring problem in Chelsea’s 5-2 home loss to West Brom on Saturday.
The 22-year-old experienced hamstring pain at half-time but had hoped to continue for the remainder of the game. However, Pulisic came to a halt after a brief warm-up before the second half, leading to his replacement for Mason Mount at half-time after the US national team star opened the scoring in the first half.
The latest setback represents his fourth muscle injury this season and his eighth overall since joining Chelsea in 2019. Tuchel is hoping for a short injury layoff with Porto in the next Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
What was said?
“Christian sprinted when he came back for the second half and said he thought his hamstrings wouldn’t survive the game if he continued,” Tuchel said in quotes posted on Chelsea’s Fifth Stand app.
“We therefore had to make the decision to replace him immediately”,
How is Pulisic doing this season?
Pulisic has scored two goals in his last two games after kicking the rebound after Sam Johnstone saved Marcos Alonso’s free kick in the first half. He followed a goal with his national team, having played 20 scoreless games before that.
The striker’s injuries have disrupted his pace this season and injured West Londoners, who have other forwards like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz struggling to find the net.
The Blues’ attacking problems could be solved by a fit Pulisic, who scored seven goals in 11 games at the end of last season to help the club reach the top four and advance to the final of the FA Cup.