In-form Pulisic doubtful for Hammers clash

01 July 2020 02:06:00 GMTPlus10

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says it is touch and go whether Christian Pulisic will be fit to face London rivals West Ham on Wednesday, but believes the Blues will be boosted by the return of Danish defender Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea have made a big impression under Lampard and have won their last three matches, hardening their place in the Premier League’s top-four and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

The Blues recorded consecutive 2-1 league wins over Aston Villa and Manchester City before reigning supreme in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final trip to Leicester as Ross Barkley's goal saw them through to the last four.

However, Chelsea were dealt an injury blow in the cup triumph at the King Power Stadium with American ace Pulisic, who has been instrumental with two goals in his last three starts, limping off with a calf problem.

Speaking during his press conference, Lampard said: "Christian felt a bit of tightness in his calf in the second drinks break so I took him off straight away. We will find out over the next day or so how that is.

"Hopefully it is nothing that puts him out because we can see what he is doing in the last two games."

Discussing whether he will play any part at the London Stadium, he added: "I haven't got an answer for it yet, it feels better than it did after the game so we'll see by tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Christensen missed the FA Cup win over Leicester with a hip problem but he may reclaim his place in the heart of their defence at the expense of Kurt Zouma.

Lampard commented: "AC likewise a little bit is in the squad but we'll have to see with another 24 hours, because of the tight turnaround."

Chelsea are 1.44 to win at West Ham, who are 6.50. The draw is a 4.75 chance.

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