Christian Pulisic will miss the start of next season after the Chelsea winger’s FA Cup hamstring injury ruled him out for six weeks.
The Yank peaked his fine end to the extended current campaign with a fine Wembley opener last Saturday – before limping off and seeing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike twice as Arsenal won 2-1.
But Blues’ boss Frank Lampard still thinks Pulisic should be upbeat for next campaign.
Lampard said: “When Christian reflects on the first season, from where he has gone in the start he should be very happy.
“We’ll get him fit and ready. If he misses the first one or two games, we’ll hopefully have him after that.”
But Pulisic could see new attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz – if he arrives from Bayer Leverkusen – steal a march on him in the battle for a regular starting place.
And Lamps admitted of the 21-year-old’s likely absence: “Six weeks, I think so. We have to treat the injury right.”
The Chelsea boss also claimed that he backs his side to overturn their 3-0 deficit to Bayern Munich tomorrow.
He said: “I believe we can. We have to, the players have to. It’s a huge task. We have to understand the situation we’re in.
“Will be extremely tough. Games have turned to big degrees. We have to believe we have the opportunity to do something special. We’ve got to play with confidence.
“Can it free us up against a really good team? That’s what I expect to see from the team. We have to tackle this in the right way.”