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Pulisic 'hungry' to make Chelsea return but Lampard cautious not to 'overcook' USA playmaker

Frank Lampard is planning to ‘manage’ Christian Pulisic’s return to action in a bid to prevent the Chelsea playmaker from suffering a further injury.

Pulisic is yet to feature for Chelsea this season due to a hamstring injury, the USA international having developed into an integral part of the Blues side towards the back end of last season, netting four of his nine goals following the Premier League‘s restart in June.

The American picked up the injury in August’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, though the 22-year-old has now returned to training and is pushing for a return to action in Frank Lampard’s new-look side.

However, speaking ahead of this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion, Lampard is not planning on rushing the former Dortmund playmaker back to action.

“There is always concerns when there is a history with fitness. You have to make sure you don’t overcook him,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.

“There is a fine line, but he is hungry to play. It’s something we have to manage with him. We want to get as many minutes of the great Christian we saw last season.”

Lampard was able to hand debuts to Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell in the 6-0 thrashing of Championship side Barnsley in midweek, though the Blues boss is also being cautious about forcing his new signings into too much, too soon.

“I believe they are fit enough to start but I have to take into consideration a quick turnaround on Tuesday and Saturday, then internationals,” said Lampard.

“Thiago had 60 minutes in the tank, Ben I might be a little more cautious.”

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