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.
🔵🇺🇸👀Christian Pulisic watch: How did #USMNT star perform on his return to the Chelsea starting lineup v. Brighton? @JPW_NBCSports has minute-by-minute analysis on the #CFC winger ⤵️ https://t.co/Cl3pFbsys6 pic.twitter.com/qGM0y2MfMX— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 1, 2020
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.
100% healthy but thank you guys for the concern— Christian Pulisic (@cpulisic_10) December 30, 2019
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.