Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea Hell: After 11 injuries and a total of 342 days out since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2019, the promising American winger now needs to prove he’s not one of the Premier League talents hit by injuries.
- Christian Pulisic has endured a nightmare injury record at Chelsea since joining
- The American has suffered 11 injuries since joining for £ 60 million two years ago.
- Pulisic has missed 41 Chelsea games and spent 342 days on the treatment table
- Time is running out to prove that Pulisic is not another top-tier talent lost to injury
Christian Pulisic was Eden Hazard’s £ 60 million replacement at Chelsea and, for a brief moment, the American seemed ready to step into the Blues legend’s shoes.
Hazard was Chelsea’s great player and in August 2020, Pulisic had taken over that mantle. Five minutes after the FA Cup final with Arsenal at Wembley, the American edged out a pair of defenders to put the Blues in front.
It was Pulisic’s fourth goal in nine games, the eleventh in his debut season at Chelsea. There was a new hero at Stamford Bridge, but then a cruel twist of fate struck him.
Christian Pulisic has suffered 11 injuries and has spent a total of 335 days off since joining Chelsea
Pulisic suffered a severe blow by injuring his calf during the 2020 FA Cup final with Arsenal
Pulisic had just returned from six months out with an adductor problem, and in the second half, with the score tied 1-1, his calf slipped away. His cup final was over.
That moment could sum up Pulisic’s two years in West London thus far – plenty of promise and quality, until the next injury hits.
The 23-year-old has suffered 11 injuries since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019, spending a cumulative total of 342 days on the treatment table.
Pulisic’s nightmare at Chelsea, in terms of injuries, has been going on for almost 18 months. The Sportsmail graph shows exactly how long you’ve spent with each ailment.
Pulisic has missed a total of 41 Chelsea games since then, more than the length of an entire Premier League season. It’s no wonder Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel sympathizes with a player who just can’t take a break.
“Once these fast-moving players like Christian, once they feel this pain and are not free in movement, the recovery is not happening,” Tuchel said in providing an update on the American’s fitness last week.
‘You start over and get to a certain point and the pain comes back. And you have to take a little pause and start over.
‘So right now we are very, very close. He came so close to getting to team practice last week and had a slight setback and a pain reaction. Nothing serious. From then on we go.
He has had several more strokes since the defeat in the cup final and has not played since August 2021
“He is very impatient, of course, and he does everything and we can see him suffer in each match,” he added. And every time we meet him here (in training) he is suffering a lot and wants to be on the field and help us. Everyone is doing the best they can. Unfortunately, the injury takes its time. ‘
Pulisic was hired by Chelsea when Maurizio Sarri was manager, although Frank Lampard was hired when the American hit West London soil, before the English manager was replaced by Tuchel in the winger’s second season with the Blues.
Both Lampard and Tuchel have rated Pulisic highly: the former handed Hazard’s old No. 10 jersey to Pulisic right after the Arsenal Cup final setback, while Tuchel knew the winger at Borussia Dortmund and made him a key player. Last season.
Thomas Tuchel (back) revealed that Pulisic suffers from impatience but is still in great pain
The German head coach arrived in West London in February this year and Pulisic was Chelsea’s point man in April. Back-to-back goals against West Brom and Crystal Palace helped the American’s cause, as did a goal in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid.
Pulisic started in all but one of Chelsea’s last ten Premier League season games, securing a top-four result, while the winger was on the field when the Blues won their second Champions League title. against Manchester City in Porto.
Better things were expected this season and Pulisic knew it. The American told Chelsea’s official website that ‘staying healthy was a big goal for me’, but that goal lasted only two games.
Pulisic (holding the trophy) was a key player when Tuchel’s Blues won the Champions League title
Pulisic has shown great promise and quality, but cannot take a break at Chelsea.
Pulisic started Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup win over Villarreal, then played and scored in the Blues’ Premier League season opener against Crystal Palace, but has not been seen since he was diagnosed. coronavirus and suffered an ankle problem.
Both Pulisic and Tuchel know their time at Chelsea is far from over, even though the depth of the Blues team makes the American’s absence only a minor blow.
But another setback for the 23-year-old and questions will be raised as to whether Pulisic is the latest Premier League hotshot to have an injury-plagued career.