Chelsea v Rennes: Christian Pulisic to miss game, but injury not as bad as feared

Chelsea beat FK Krasnodar 4-0 in their last Champions League game to go top of Group E

Chelsea will be without forward Christian Pulisic for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Rennes, but the American’s hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared.

The 22-year-old felt his hamstring in the warm-up at Burnley on Saturday, and was withdrawn from Chelsea’s starting line-up for the 3-0 Premier League win.

A scan at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground revealed no major damage.

“Christian had a scan that showed a minor injury,” said boss Frank Lampard.

“It’s obviously a relief for the injury to be minor because he’s an important player for us and he’s already back outside [training]. He won’t be fit for Wednesday, but we’ll see after that.

“He made the right decision in not attempting to play [against Burnley], as he could have made it worse.”

Chelsea are top of Group E after a 0-0 home draw with Sevilla, followed by a 4-0 away win over FK Krasnodar, while Rennes, third in France’s Ligue 1, are bottom of the table.

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who joined the Blues from Rennes in September, could face his old club.

The Senegal international has only conceded one goal in his six games since the move, including five successive clean sheets.

“He has shown big parts of his game and made big saves in big moments,” said Lampard. “He has given off a sense of calm in his distribution and coming for crosses. It is early days for him at the club. I am very confident in him.

“When we were in to sign him all the feedback was he had a strong personality in the dressing room. He is very low maintenance. He wants to engage and works hard. He always has a smile on his face, he is a positive in the dressing room.”

MATCH FACTSHead-to-headChelsea and Rennes have never previously faced in any competition. ChelseaChelsea have lost just one of their nine home Champions League games against French sides (won five, drew three), a 2-1 defeat against Paris St-Germain in March 2016.Chelsea have…


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