Christian Pulisic still has a lot to prove at Chelsea, but after missing two months of action with a knee injury, he could be back on the pitch for the Blues soon.

Pulisic has really struggled to nail down a spot as a regular at Stamford Bridge in the past few years since arriving from Borussia Dortmund. It seemed, either side of his involvement in the United States’ run to the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar, that Pulisic was about to get his wish.

After coming on at halftime for 45 minutes against Newcastle United in a 1-0 defeat before the World Cup break, Pulisic went on to earn three straight Premier League starts for the Blues against Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest, and defending champions Manchester City.

Just when he was starting to get a run of games, it all came crashing down against City, forced off after just 22 minutes with an injury. Having missed two months since, The Sporting News brings you all the latest updates on Pulisic’s injury, with everything we know about his potential return.

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Christian Pulisic injury latest news

Chelsea have been blighted by injuries this season, which (partially) explains why they have signed such a huge number of players in the January window.

N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy and Armando Broja are among their long-term injury absentees, as well as Pulisic. Others like Denis Zakaria, Raheem Sterling and Wesley Fofana are back after long absences, but there seem to be fresh problems each week, most recently with Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James leaving the Blues with a right-back problem.

Ahead of the Champions League match against his former club Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge on March 7, Chelsea manager Graham Potter said that Pulisic is “in the squad” to face Dortmund, although he did not elaborate further on what role he might play, either off the bench or from the opening whistle.

The club also added to the speculation by using Pulisic’s image to promote the match on their social media accounts the day before the game, while the Daily Mail said the winger would definitely be ready to play at least some part.

Chelsea injury news and what Graham Potter said

On Wednesday, January 11, Chelsea manager Potter delivered some difficult news, saying that Pulisic was expected to be sidelined “a couple of months,” without giving any further details. That was marketably worse than previously expected, as Potter had given a more positive update just days prior.

The injury for Pulisic was difficult to diagnose immediately in terms of what was wrong, as it was difficult to tell exactly what happened in the tackle by John Stones. After the match, Chelsea head coach Potter stated that the injury came from “contact to his knee” but did not expand further on his condition or recovery timeline.

Reviewing the footage, it was difficult to see how Pulisic’s knee was injured on the play, as it seemed if anything there would be a painful blow to his ankle or shin. Nothing was terribly evident on video, so it was difficult to diagnose anything by watching the play.

Days later, following Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat to Man City, Potter gave a little more info on Pulisic’s timeline. “Christian opened up his knee in the game the other day; we’re still analyzing it,” he said. “I would say it’s going to be weeks for him.”

That suggested that Pulisic does have soft tissue damage in his knee, but that he has at least avoided anything extremely serious.

It initially seemed Pulisic would be back in time for the Champions League to resume, but he missed the first leg against his old club Borussia Dortmund. However, it seems he will be back for the second leg in a match that will surely be emotional for him.

How many games did Christian Pulisic miss?

After being withdrawn on January 5 after 22 minutes against Manchester City in the Premier League, Christian Pulisic missed almost exactly two months of action.

He missed eight Premier League matches, including games against Liverpool, Tottenham, and two against Fulham. He also was absent from the FA Cup third-round defeat against Man City, and the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 defeat to his former club Borussia Dortmund.

The injury layoff is the third-longest of Pulisic’s career at Chelsea, behind a pair of 12-game absences during his time at Stamford Bridge. He missed 12 matches through the second half of 2020 with an adductor injury and went through another long absence for an ankle injury that saw him sidelined for September and October of 2021.

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