The West London club returned to early kick-off form on Saturday, but many of their players have yet to return to training, having returned from any international duty, having to record a negative Covid-19 Test before being re-arranged.
Both Pulisic and Kai Hewartz did not move away from their nations, while the American injured his hamstrings when the Germans were forced to self-isolate after testing positive for coronavirus two weeks ago.
However, Pulik’s injury is not as serious as he survived at the end of last season, he remains on the sidelines, although Hewartz is now back in training.
The rest of Chelsea’s players will join the team for their first training sessions on Thursday or Friday, giving precious time to work together before the clash with Newcastle, with Thiago Silva likely to participate only after returning from South America. .
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Lampard explained: “Christian Pulisic is not suitable for Newcastle but he has gradually increased his training. It’s a fairly problematic injury so we’ll be careful.
‘Kai Hewartz is back, his separation is over, he had a negative test two days ago so he has started training with us.
‘More on his own, to get some of his health back in person, he’s two weeks at home.
‘Thiago Silva has just landed, he gave me a message this afternoon. So he probably won’t go to Newcastle because of the length and timing of the trip.
“As the players return from their international matches, we want some results from the tests we do now. Unfortunately some of our players are coming back this afternoon, some played last night, so many challenges are clear to us from the start of 12.30 on Saturday. ‘
On Ben Chillwell, who is in charge of England, Lampard added: ‘With Ben Chillwell, I haven’t seen him yet. He stayed with England, he was on the bench last night.
‘Obviously he’s taking fantastic care with England so I’ll see him this afternoon, but he was improving – so he was on the bench. So I’m positive it’ll be fine, but I’ll have to see it later today or later. ‘
On Pulisic’s injury struggles, Lampard added: ‘With Christian, we’re still looking. At the moment he is in a position where he had a problematic injury and I think he is normal. Every player is different, Christian had a history before he came to us about some muscular injuries, he has it again.
‘Everything about Christian and how he’s around the training ground, how he prepares, how much he wants to play is perfect. Therefore, to play and relax, and get the most out of it, one needs to try and find the right balance between maintenance during the week. He’s still a young player, it’s not uncommon and we’ll find a solution.
‘I don’t want to make more than that because we want a lot of games from Christians because of his ability, but at the moment he’s wounded and soon it’s a work of progress. But we have a great medical team here and we are very much involved in getting the best out of Christian to fit it as much as possible. ‘
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