Chelsea boss Lampard on Christian Pulisic’s fitness and possibility of resting Timo Werner vs Sheffield United

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has provided updates on a pair of his side’s key attackers, ahead of the club’s meeting with Sheffield United.

Pensioners host Blades

The Blues are set to return to Premier League action this weekend, in a Stamford Bridge clash with Chris Wilder’s men.

Chelsea will of course head into proceedings brimming with confidence, on the back of a major upturn in form of late.

Having managed to get the club’s defensive woes under control, in large part thanks to the influence of summer additions Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy, Lampard’s men are now unbeaten in their last 7 outings across all competitions.

This run includes 5 consecutive clean sheets, and wins in their last 3.

The latest of these came on Wednesday night, when Chelsea made short work of Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, to maintain top spot in the Champions League Group E table.

Werner in/Pulisic out

As such, ahead of the club’s meeting with Sheffield United, spirits are no doubt high in southwest London.

And, as Saturday’s matchup inches ever closer, Frank Lampard this afternoon held his pre-Blades press conference.

The key takeaway from the presser came in the form of updates on the potential participation of a pair of Blues attackers tomorrow evening.

First up was Christian Pulisic.

United States international Pulisic played no part in Chelsea’s win over Rennes on Wednesday, after picking up a hamstring injury during the warmup prior to the Londoners’ meeting with Burnley last weekend.

And, though there had been hope that he would return to fitness in time to take on Sheffield United, Lampard has since confirmed that the 22-year-old is in fact set to miss out once again:

‘Not fit to play, still suffering with his hamstring.’

‘He trained at a low level in midweek and wasn’t comfortable. We have to keep looking for the right solution.’

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – AUGUST 03: Christian Pulisic of FC Chelsea looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Chelsea at Borussia-Park on August 3, 2019 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

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The news regarding Werner, on the other hand, was more positive.

German hitman Werner was initially omitted from Chelsea’s XI to take on Burnley last weekend, only to be introduced at the last-minute on the back of Pulisic’s injury.

The Blues summer signing was then utilised from the off once again versus Rennes in midweek.

As such, it had been suggested that Frank Lampard may opt to leave his side’s in-form goalscorer out on Saturday, to provide Werner with some much needed rest.

After confirming that this had been his intention last weekend, though, Lampard hinted that Werner is likely to be handed yet another start versus Sheffield United:

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 7 2 16
2 Leicester City FC 7 8 15
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 9 14
4 Everton FC 7 4 13
5 Southampton FC 7 2 13
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 0 13
7 Chelsea FC 7 7 12
8 Aston Villa FC 6 6 12
9 Arsenal FC 7 2 12
10 Manchester City FC 6 1 11
11 Newcastle United FC 7 -1 11
12 Leeds United 7 0 10
13 Crystal Palace FC 7 -3 10
14 West Ham United FC 7 3 8
15 Manchester United FC 6 -4 7
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7 -3 5
17 Fulham FC 7 -7 4
18 West Bromwich Albion 7 -10 3
19 Sheffield United FC 7 -7 1
20 Burnley FC 6 -9 1
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 8
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 8
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 7
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 7
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 6
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 6
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 3
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 3
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 3
Antonio, Michail West Ham United FC 3



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