American footballer and Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has been found infected with the coronavirus. Two weeks before the qualifying campaign of the FIFA World Cup-2022, his team has suffered a major setback. The Chelsea football club has also confirmed Pulisic has been tested positive for COVID-19.
Christian Pulisic is likely to miss Chelsea’s trip to Arsenal because he is positive for coronavirus desolate of being asymptomatic, according to Blues coach Thomas Tuchel. The setback for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder comes less than a week after he scored in the Blues’ 3-0 Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.
On Friday, Pulisic posted in an Instagram story: “Hi all, unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Thankfully I’m fully vaccinated and I have no symptoms so far. Can’t wait to get back in action! Thank you for your support.”
On the same day, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said that the 22-year-old American player’s test report has come positive and he is in isolation. For this reason, the coach will not be able to play Pulisic in the match against Arsenal on Saturday. Christian Pulisic, who will miss Sunday’s London derby against Arsenal, also assisted Chelsea in winning the UEFA Super Cup last week, scoring in the penalty shootout as Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League winners defeated Villarreal.
The US has to play three matches in seven days in World Cup qualifying starting in September. US coach Greg Berhalter is planning to announce his roster next week. American players from European clubs and Major League teams will report to Nashville from August 29. Players from the TAM team will play their inaugural qualifier in El Salvador on 2 September.