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Pulisic will miss the Arsenal game after testing positive for COVID-19.

Chelsea and US midfield member Christian Pulisic will miss his side’s Premier League showdown Sunday after a positive COVID-19 test.

Thomas Tuchel revealed Friday that, since Wednesday after his positive test, the 22-year-old has not trained with his side and isolates himself for at least 10 days from government requirements.

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“Unfortunately Christian is quite easy to explain,” Tuchel told reporters when they asked why he wasn’t available on Sunday.

“He has had a successful test and must follow the protocols. He isn’t in training and isn’t ready [against Arsenal] for the game.”

Pulisic stated on his story about Instagram: “I tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, unfortunately. Fortunately, I have been completely vaccinated and have no symptoms to far.”

The positive test is prior of the qualifying matches of the USMNT World Cup. The team will gather in Nashville in nine to ten days, with the first qualifier in 13 days against El Salvador. Sources say that Pulisic will be returning next week for Chelsea’s meeting with Liverpool, before he will join the national squad.

The absence of Pulisic is a shock to both Chelsea and the 22-year-old, which won Crystal Palace during the opening weekend in Chelsea.

Chelsea’s big signing of £97.5 million Romelu Lukaku is in set for his debut at Arsenal, strengthening rivalry for slots in the more aggressive positions with Pulisic aimed at restoring his career following a mixed 2020-21 season.

Chelsea refused to clarify exactly when Pulisic tested positive, but insiders said ESPN would be happy to go to Liverpool next Saturday. At this moment, it is not thought that any additional gamers are affected.

With COVID-19 leading the London derby, Armenal also suffered as Brentford lost 2-0 in a 2-0 loss last Friday to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson.

Gunner’s boss Mikel Arteta indicated Friday that all four of them were doubtful for Sunday’s encounter, but on Thursday Lacazette returned to training.


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