Why Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is missing for clash with El Salvador
Pulisic is hot property
Christian Pulisic has become one of the faces for US men’s football in recent years, a fact only cemented by his high-profile 60 million pound move from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea in 2019.
He has struggled for game-time in west London however, injury and poor form seeing him miss 11 Premier League games last season, while he started on the bench for both legs of the semi-finals and the final in the Blues’ Champions League success.
Despite that, he has reiterated his happiness at Chelsea.
Christian Pulisic is happy at @ChelseaFC 💙 pic.twitter.com/LRbtqigReY
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) September 1, 2021
Why the American did not travel
Despite participating in training on Monday and Tuesday with the US men’s national team, Christian Pulisic was left out of the travelling squad that was selected to take on El Salvador in their World Cup 2022 qualifier.
The reason? Covid-19. The 22-year-old tested positive for the virus on August 18th, but revealed that he was asymptomatic and had been fully vaccinated. Nevertheless, in line with English government guidelines, he self-isolated for ten days.
USMNT star Christian Pulisic did not travel with the team to El Salvador for their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying opener on Thursday due to his COVID-19 absence, the USSF confirmed Wednesday.
Pulisic announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 18.https://t.co/hCAAaruZAd
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 1, 2021
This, of course, takes him until the 28th August, three days ago. However, as per The Athletic:
“the U.S. opted to leave Pulisic back in Nashville to continue training in order to gain fitness for the second two games of the three-game window.”
The US face Canada before travelling to Hondurus within the space of the next week, and with Pulisic one of their star men, will need him on top form in order to get their qualifying spell off to the best possible start.
For the game against El Salvador, however, they will have to make do without him.