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Frank Lampard explains Christian Pulisic absence at Brighton, provides Timo Werner injury update

Frank Lampard said that Christian Pulisic felt discomfort upon his return to training last week and the winger has had to take a few steps back in his return from a hamstring injury.

Speaking after last night’s 3-1 win away to Brighton and Hove Albion, the head coach confirmed to football.london that Pulisic’s absence was because of the injury he sustained in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal but did not provide any update on when to expect the 21-year-old to return.

He had been considering in contention before the issue cropped up in training.

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“With Christian, he was training with us last week and had a little bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to train with us to be in contention for today.

“It would have been a big ask for today but he has had to take a few steps back so we’ll have to see. That’s one that I don’t have big news on at the minute. We’ll need to wait and see.”

There was less concern over Timo Werner, who appeared on television after the win at Amex Stadium with a pack of ice strapped to his right knee.

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Lampard said it was likely a dead leg, sustained when the new signing won a penalty converted by Jorginho, and he should be fit to take on champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

“Timo took a knock when he won the penalty,” the head coach added. “It’s more of a dead leg we hope. I wouldn’t think too much in terms of next week there but I’d think it was a dead leg, we’ve got a bit of time for him to get right.”

Asked how much better Chelsea will need to be against Liverpool, Lampard added: “Well, we will be better. This is our first game and we’ve only been together as a group for four days, we’ve had all the players together and we’ve had two debuts tonight.

“We showed a lot of good stuff. It wasn’t where we want to be…

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