‘Am Worried Of Overcooking’ – Lampard CONFIRMS Ziyech And Pulisic Likely To Play
Both Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are nearing a return to full fitness as Frank Lampard offers injury update on the players, MySportDab reports.
The Chelsea boss is worried about ‘overcooking’ the players as he is not set to rush them back on the pitch.
Frank Lampard is taking good care of them so they are not rushed into the pitch only to be back injured again.
Christian Pulisic struggled with muscle injuries in his first season at Stamford Bridge after making the move from Dortmund.
The player later return and put up a superb display which he helped Chelsea finish fourth last season.
While Hakim Ziyech on the other hand had a spring on his knee in the friendly game against Brighton after putting up a fine display.
Lampard Had This To Say:
“No, Christian isn’t ready for the squad, nor is Hakim Ziyech, but they’re both training with us now, which is good news,”
He told the media ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with West Brom.
“We hope to have them with us in proper match contention over the next week or two.”
He Added About Pulisic:
“There’s always a concern about a player’s fitness when the history says there’s been some injuries.
Last season we did have them with Christian, I was questioned many times on him, when he did and didn’t play,” said Lampard.
“Of course, when you look at a player with his recent record, you’re trying to find the right balance of getting the best out of him.
Which we saw in big periods last year, and making sure you don’t overcook him and leave him susceptible to injury, particularly with a player of his explosive pace and balance. It’s a fine line.
“We’re working on that and Christian’s also very open to that. He wants to play, he’s so hungry to play and he’s very nearly fit now.
But it’s certainly something we have to manage with him this season.
“We’ve all seen the talent and it’s something we want to get right.
I’m not saying it’s a fundamental, chronic issue because it’s not, but we want to get as many minutes out of Christian.
The really great Christian that we saw lots of last season, on the pitch.”
Frank Lampard Talked About Been Chilwell and Thiago Silva:
“I believe they are fit enough to start, but I do also have to take into consideration the fact that we play another game with a pretty tight turnaround on Tuesday.
Then another on Sunday, and then the international players will maybe go and play three games for their country, so I’m managing that one,” he said.
“Having come through that game the other day as they did, I think particularly Thiago did start that game and had 60 minutes in the bank, so that was good to see.
“With Ben, I’ll maybe be a little more cautious just to make sure, his injury’s been a bit of a challenging one, so I’ll make those calls. But they’re in a good place at the moment.”
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