Tuchel admits Chelsea must manage Pulisic's fitness after calf issue

Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea must manage Christian Pulisic’s fitness problems after injury-plagued winger suffered a calf issue in training… but boss vows to ‘bring the best’ out of American despite difficult season

  • Christian Pulisic has suffered a calf problem in training, Thomas Tuchel revealed
  • The forward has suffered a frustrating campaign and will miss out this weekend 
  • Tuchel also insisted that Pulisic’s expected absence will simply be a precaution 
  • Pulisic has failed to start in any Premier League fixture under boss Tuchel so far 

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted the club must carefully manage Christian Pulisic’s fitness issues after the winger suffered a calf problem in training.

Tuchel revealed on Friday that Pulisic is now in a ‘zone of risk’ after complaining of tightness – but also played down the problem as ‘nothing big’. 

The latest setback for the winger, 22, is likely to rule him out of the clash against Southampton this weekend.

Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea must carefully manage Christian Pulisic’s fitness issues

Chelsea head into the fixture in fourth spot, having improved drastically under their new coach since his arrival last month.

Tuchel provided an injury update during his pre-match press conference and insisted Pulisic’s expected absence is simply a precaution.

He said: ‘We are very happy that Tammy [Abraham] is free for training today at 3pm. If things go well, he is in the squad. 

Tuchel revealed Pulisic has suffered a slight calf injury in the lead-up to the Southampton clash

‘Thiago [Silva] will be out and we have some issues with Pulisic’s calf, nothing big, just feels tight, he is in a bit of a zone of risk.’

Pulisic has endured a frustrating season so far, having failed to start any of the five Premier League matches under Tuchel so far.

Despite an insistence that he would rotate his team, Tuchel has selected Pulisic for a total of just 84 minutes out of a possible 450 in the top flight.

But the Blues manager has urged the winger to remain in good spirits, and vowed to help him rediscover the swaggering form that saw him seal a move to England.

Pulisic has endured a frustrating season due to injuries and being kept on the bench by Tuchel

But Tuchel urged Pulisic to ‘stay positive’ and vowed to get the best out of the talented winger

‘It is our job to bring the best out of him,’ Tuchel added. It is a challenge now to hold his level, to improve and maintain it. 

‘We are not worried or concerned, the medical department is on that. 

‘He stopped training yesterday, I would not say it is an injury, it is just risk management that relies on his history. 

‘The main thing for Christian is to stay positive.’

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