Chelsea may have to wait all the way until Monday to get back to football after the winter break, but even with those couple extra days, the game will come too soon for the pair of Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
While in the latter’s case that’s not surprising — we had known for a while that it will take him some time to get back to match fitness — in Pulisic’s case, it’s a bit disappointing since Lampard had been hopeful last month to have Captain America back with the first-team. Alas, he’s only assembling with the U23s at the moment as he and Ruben both look to recover from their respective injuries as soon as possible.
“Christian trained with the Under-23s today, which will hopefully be for a short period and we’ll factor him back into our training soon but he won’t be fit [for United].
“Ruben won’t be fit for this game. He’s getting closer, training a lot and he just needs more match fitness to be in consideration but it’s great to have him nearly back.”
Loftus-Cheek is reportedly set to play for the U23s on Monday as they take on Arsenal, and presumably Pulisic will do the same.
In better news, Tammy Abraham was able to feature in Friday’s training after sitting out a couple days earlier this week following his ankle injury before the winter break. The young striker was able to tough it out against Leicester City in our last game, but he was clearly not 100 per cent (and still played quite well, if not consistently well). Hopefully he’ll be a bit closer to fully fit by the time Monday rolls around.
“Tammy is still feeling the effects, we’ve had to take him out of training a couple of days this week. He trained today so we’re hopeful but he’ll be assessed over the weekend.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea FC
It’s make or break time for Chelsea, which makes it doubly unfortunate to be missing Pulisic and not have Abraham fully healthy — not to mention Ruben’s absence, though that’s been the case all season. Hopefully the rest can step it up and get over our issues at both ends of the pitch to collect three massive points on Monday.