Chelsea team news: Frank Lampard is sweating on the fitness of Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic is a major injury doubt when Chelsea return to Premier League action against Manchester City this weekend.
The American was sidelined throughout the international break after picking up a hip problem in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and faces a race to prove his fitness.
The news is a huge blow to Chelsea manager Frank Lampard following the 21-year-old’s hot streak of form, with Pulisic having scored a hat-trick against Burnley before goes against Watford and Palace.
Pulisic is not the only Chelsea ace struggling with injury as Antonio Rudiger is still sidelined following an operation.
Ross Barkley is also a doubt after failing to recover from injury in time to feature for England against Montenegro and Kosovo over the past week.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel are long-term absentees but Jorginho is available once again following suspension.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue in goal but Reece James could drop out if Lampard recalls club captain Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back.
Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori are still ahead of Andreas Christensen in the pecking order but it remains to be seen whether Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso are preferred at left-back.
N’Golo Kante returned from injury before the international break and should continue alongside a resurgent Mato Kovacic, meaning Mason Mount will have to move into a more advanced role in order to make room for Jorginho.
The England youngster could take Pulisic’s spot on the left flank while Willian retains his role on the opposite wing, with both players supporting lone frontman Tammy Abraham.
That means Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi will have to be content with a spot on the bench alongside Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi now that Lampard has settled on his preferred starting XI.
As for City, the defending Premier League champions are without the suspended Bernardo Silva while Ederson is doubtful and Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all on the treatment table.
Chelsea predicted line-up vs Manchester City – Premier League
(4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Mount, Abraham