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Christian Pulisic increases Chelsea’s injury as the American returns to training after seven weeks out

Christian Pulisic increases Chelsea’s injury as the American winger returns to training after seven weeks out with a blow to the ankle to cover a Blues front row that no longer has Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

  • Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic is back in training after seven weeks out
  • Pulisic suffered an ankle injury after the season opener in August
  • Thomas Tuchel’s team has Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner out this week
  • Pulisic is now back after sustaining his 11th injury since joining the Blues in 2019.
  • Premier League leaders travel to Newcastle United without winning on Saturday


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Chelsea got an injury boost when winger Christian Pulisic returned to training ahead of their weekend clash in Newcastle.

The American winger has been out for about seven weeks with an ankle injury and has not appeared with the Blues since the first day of the season on August 14.

The news of the 23-year-old’s return to action is a welcome addition to league leaders Thomas Tuchel, as forwards Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are still injured after taking hits in the Champions League win. last week about Malmö.

Christian Pulisic has returned to Chelsea training after seven weeks off due to an ankle injury

Christian Pulisic has returned to Chelsea training after seven weeks off due to an ankle injury

The American (right) has not played since the opening day of the Premier League season

The American (right) has not played since the opening day of the Premier League season

The American (right) has not played since the opening day of the Premier League season

That has left Tuchel relying on Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount as Chelsea’s three forwards, with Hakim Ziyech the only forward or winger available as a backup option for the past week.

However, Chelsea have remained at the top of the Premier League table despite the respective absences of Lukaku and Werner and can now turn to Pulisic as they prepare to face a Newcastle side still looking for their first victory. of the season in the league.

American winger Pulisic has struggled to stay fit for the past 18 months, with his 23-year time at Stamford Bridge plagued with setbacks.

Pulisic has suffered 11 injuries since arriving as a £ 60 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2019, and has missed 41 Blues games in the past two years.

The return of Pulisic (left) means he is in contention to play in Chelsea's next game at Newcastle

The return of Pulisic (left) means he is in contention to play in Chelsea's next game at Newcastle

The return of Pulisic (left) means he is in contention to play in Chelsea’s next game at Newcastle

The American has spent nearly 350 days on the treatment table since moving to the Blues, and head coach Tuchel admitted last week that the player is suffering mentally and physically from the multiple setbacks.

“Once these fast-moving players like Christian, once they feel this pain and are not free in the movement, the recovery is not happening,” Tuchel said before Chelsea’s Champions League game with Malmo 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.

“He is very impatient, of course, and he does everything and we can see him suffer in every match. And every time we meet him here (in training) he’s suffering a lot and he wants to be on the pitch and help us. ”

Pulisic has suffered many injuries in the last 18 months that Sportsmail has detailed previously.

Pulisic has suffered many injuries in the last 18 months that Sportsmail has detailed previously.

Pulisic has suffered many injuries in the last 18 months that Sportsmail has detailed previously.

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