Chelsea will be without Christian Pulisic when they take travel to the Emirates stadium to face Arsenal on Sunday. The midfielder will miss the game against Arsenal after his recent COVID-19 test returned positive.
Pulisic began the season on a high note, scoring against Crystal Palace as Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old was hoping to continue on the same path in another London derby on Sunday. However, he is set to miss the big game at the Emirates after testing positive for COVID-19.
Reacting to the development on Friday, the American wrote 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! Than you for your support.”
The midfielders absence is a blow for the Blues, but considering their squad depth, it shouldn’t be a problem going one game without him.
Chelsea boss Tuchel confirmed in his press conference that the USMNT captain will not be available for selection against Mikel Arteta’s men on Sunday.
“With Christian, it’s unfortunately very easy to explain. “He had a positive test and needs to follow the protocols so he won’t be available for the game.” Tuchel said on Friday.
Kante and Ziyech return
However, there’s some good team news as Hakim Ziyech and N’Golo Kante have both returned to training. The duo could feature against Arsenal.
“Hakim and N’Golo were both in training today, and did everything to be in training today and had absolutely no problems, but they need another more physical, intense training session with the team.
We can decide after that, but right now it seems very positive that both can be in the squad for Sunday.” the manager said
Arsenal’s attacking duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed their opening day defeat at Brentford having tested positive for COVID-19.
Their availability for Sunday’s cracking London derby is still uncertain. According to Gunner’s boss Mikel Arteta,
“They had some tough days. Laca still hasn’t trained so he’s not been very good”