Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has described himself as ‘super close’ to returning from injury, having missed the club’s last eight games in all competitions with a muscle tear.
Pulisic hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s New Year’s Day draw with Brighton, but the American has given fans eager for his return reason to be hopeful.
A message from the 21-year-old on social media read: “Very thankful for your support. Working so hard and super close to a return.”
Pulisic has had a difficult start to his Chelsea career since arriving last summer in a £58m transfer from Borussia Dortmund that had been agreed on in January 2019.
Considered by many to be a replacement for Eden Hazard – a tall order given his young age and being new to English football – Pulisic has had a difficult first season at Chelsea thus far.
After starting three out of four Premier League games in August and playing more than half an hour as a substitute in the other games, the player lost his place in September and was benched for the whole month other than a Carabao Cup outing against lower league side Grimsby.
Pulisic then scored a hat-trick on his return to the starting lineup in late October, following that up with a goal in each of the next two games. But a run of poor results again saw him lose his place just before Christmas, with injury to strike him down soon after.
Earlier this week, manager Frank Lampard described Pulisic as ‘desperate’ to get fit after what has been a ‘frustrating’ spell on the sidelines.
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