USMNT, Chelsea star Pulisic to miss Arsenal showdown after testing positive for COVID-19

After being positive for COVID-19, Christian Pulisic, a midfielder for the United States men's national soccer team, will not be able to play against Arsenal in Sunday's Premier League match.
Thomas Tuchel, manager of the side, confirmed Friday that the 22 year-old had not been training with them since Wednesday after his positive test. He will be isolated for at least 10 consecutive days according to government guidelines.

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When Tuchel was asked why he wasn't available for Sunday, Tuchel replied that "Christian is unfortunately quite easy to explain".

He passed a positive test, and he must follow the protocol. He is not in training and will not be available for the match against Arsenal.

Pulisic shared the following Instagram story: "Unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID-19 this week." Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated. I have not experienced any symptoms.

This positive test is ahead of the USMNT's World Cup qualifying matches. The squad will meet in Nashville in 9-10 days. El Salvador will be their first qualifier in 13 days. According to sources, Pulisic may be returning to Chelsea to play Liverpool next week before joining the national team.

Chelsea and Pulisic are both disappointed by the 22-year old, who scored in Chelsea’s first weekend win over Crystal Palace.

Christian Pulisic was positive for COVID-19. Photo by Chloe Knott- Danehouse/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea's 97.5 million new signing, is set to make his debut against Arsenal. This will increase the competition for positions in the more offensive positions. Pulisic hopes to get his career on track after a mixed 2020-21 season.

Chelsea declined to give any details about when Pulisic was positive, but sources informed ESPN that he is optimistic of being available for Saturday's trip in Liverpool. At this point, it is not believed that any other players may be affected.

Arsenal also had COVID-19 issues before the London derby. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Willian, and Alex Runarsson all failed to win their 2-0 loss to Brentford.

Mikel Arteta, Gunners boss, stated Friday that all four were doubtful for Sunday's match. However, Lacazette was able to return to training on Thursday.