Chelsea will have 'concerns' over Pulisic injury record, says Friedel

Chelsea will be ‘concerned’ about Christian Pulisic’s injury record, claims former USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who believes the winger’s problems have ‘stunted ability to be a regular’ for Blues

  • Christian Pulisic has struggled with injuries since he first joined Chelsea 
  • The American has made just two appearances this season due to an ankle injury
  • Former goalkeeper Brad Friedel says Chelsea will have concerns over his record 

Chelsea will have ‘concerns’ over Christian Pulisic’s injury record, according to American compatriot Brad Friedel.

The winger has suffered a number of injuries since his £58million arrival from Borussia Dortmund back in 2019.

This season, Pulisic has been restricted to just two Premier League appearances, mainly because of an ankle injury.

Christian Pulisic has made just two Premier League appearances for Chelsea so far this season

And retired Premier League veteran Friedel has told Goal: ‘When your best players are consistently injured, it’s a concern.

‘You want your best players to also be playing consistently with their club teams and you want them free of injury, and he has not been free of injury. That has also stunted his ability to be a regular for Chelsea.

‘I don’t think it’s a concern as far as when he is fit and will he be on the team sheet. For the US he will, but it is a concern because you want your best players to be fully fit.

Retired goalkeeper Brad Friedel says Chelsea will have concerns over Pulisic’s injury record

The American has struggled to hold down a regular starting place under Thomas Tuchel

‘The national side is not a day-to-day club team so the people that monitor his fitness are going to be his club team, and that’s Chelsea right now.

‘I’m sure, if you ask Chelsea are his injuries an issue and are they worrying about it, I think – maybe not on the record but definitely off it – they would say “yes, it’s a concern”.’

Pulisic made an instant impression when he joined Chelsea, scoring nine goals in 25 Premier League appearances during his first season at the club.

Pulisic made his first start since August in USA’s game against Mexico in which he scored 

After missing three months in his first season, he made 43 appearances in all competitions during his second campaign but struggled to hold down a regular starting place under Thomas Tuchel.

The American returned to the team just before the international break, making a five minute cameo in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

He played in both of the United States’ games during the break, scoring in a 2-0 victory over Mexico and coming off the bench during 1-1 draw with Jamaica.

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