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

United States Men’s National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic has been forced to withdraw from the USMNT’s upcoming World Cup Qualifying match against Panama after testing positive for a banned substance.

The usmnt schedule is a soccer team from the United States. They are scheduled to play against Chelsea and Pulisic, who was on loan with them from Dortmund, will not be playing in the game due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Christian Pulisic, a midfielder for Chelsea and the United States men’s national team, will miss his side’s Premier League match against Arsenal on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Following his positive test on Wednesday, manager Thomas Tuchel stated on Friday that the 22-year-old has not practiced with the team since Wednesday and would be isolated for at least 10 days under government rules.

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When asked why he wouldn’t be accessible on Sunday, Tuchel said, “Christian is sadly very simple to explain.”

“He got a positive test and must adhere to the guidelines. He hasn’t been to training and will be unavailable for the game [against Arsenal].”

On his Instagram story, Pulisic wrote: “Unfortunately, earlier this week, I tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, I’m completely vaccinated and haven’t had any symptoms so far.”

The positive test comes before of the United States Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying matches. The team will assemble in Nashville in nine to ten days, with the first qualifier against El Salvador scheduled for 13 days after that. Pulisic is expected to return for Chelsea’s encounter against Liverpool next week, according to sources, before joining up with the national squad.

Pulisic’s absence is a setback for both Chelsea and the 22-year-old, who scored in the Blues’ 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.

COVID-19 has been detected in Christian Pulisic. Danehouse/Getty Images photo by Chloe Knott

“I believe [a COVID revival] is conceivable, for me, my reasoning, my belief, but it is just my personal belief that it is possible every time that this virus returns, circulates, spreads with variations, and affects society, social life, and, of course, football,” Tuchel said.

“I don’t believe I’m in a position to instruct or strongly advise my players to be vaccinated. I’ve had two vaccinations. Many of my athletes, including Christian, have been vaccinated twice. However, the physicians and the medical department, who are in charge of this, have explicitly recommended this.

“I am not afraid, but I am fully aware of the dangers and the position in which we still find ourselves, and we must exercise caution. We must be accountable, which is what we do in Cobham and in our daily lives. Of course, this is something we discuss with our athletes.”

Chelsea’s latest signing is worth £97.5 million. With Romelu Lukaku set to make his debut against Arsenal, the battle for spots in the more offensive positions is heating up, with Pulisic looking to get his career back on track after a difficult 2020-21 season.

Chelsea declined to say when Pulisic tested positive, but sources informed ESPN that he expects to be fit for Saturday’s match against Liverpool. Other players are not believed to be impacted at this time.

Arsenal has also been hit by COVID-19 ahead of the London derby, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian, and Alex Runarsson all missing last Friday’s 2-0 loss to Brentford.

Mikel Arteta, the Gunners’ manager, stated on Friday that all four are questionable for Sunday’s encounter, despite Lacazette’s return to training on Thursday.

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