US men’s national team fans hoping to see Christian Pulisic back in Chelsea blue are going to have to wait a bit longer.
The star suffered an injury setback in his attempted return from an adductor injury, Chelsea coach Frank Lampard revealed after his club’s 2-2 draw against Leicester City Saturday.
“We tried to get him out there last week, step it up a little bit, but we had to pull out of that,” Lampard said. “The break might have come at a good time, it buys us a couple of weeks. Of course you miss him. He’s a quality player and he was having a really good patch pre-Christmas. Others have to stand up too, but of course we’ll be happy when he’s back.”
Pulisic had reportedly returned to training last week after nearly a month away and Chelsea’s website added it is “hard to say when the player could be back.” The Blues have a two-week break before their next official match on Feb. 17 against Manchester United.
After a slow start to his Chelsea career, Pulisic heated up in late October and his form carried over for most of the next month. He has six goals and six assists in 23 appearances across all competitions since his move from Borussia Dortmund.
Pulisic’s last game for the USMNT was the 2-0 Concacaf Nations League defeat to Canada Oct. 16.