Christian Pulisic - Chelsea away - at Brighton
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USMNT's Christian Pulisic back in Chelsea XI for 1-1 draw away to Brighton

Apparently US national team star Christian Pulisic's hamstring knock wasn't a major one.

Pulisic was back in Chelsea manager Frank Lampard's XI for the Premier League's first match of 2020, the Blues' 1-1 away draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.

Deployed wide left in Lampard's 4-2-3-1, Pulisic went 66 minutes and left the game with his side in the lead on Cesar Aspilicueta's 10th-minute goal. Brighton eventually leveled the match through Alireza Jahanbaksh's spectacular equalizer, an overhead kick from range.

Lampard had ruled Pulisic out of Chelsea's previous match, a 2-1 come-from-behind win away at London rivals Arsenal, and there appeared to be concerns that a hamstring or groin ailment could keep the winger out several weeks. 

However, Pulisic took to Twitter to reveal, at the very least, those concerns were overblown.

Wednesday's draw marked Chelsea's fourth match and the end of a typically busy league stretch over the holiday season. Their next match comes Sunday home to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round before returning to league play on Jan. 11 at home against Burnley.


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