Thomas Tuchel says Christian Pulisic will not feature for Chelsea against Arsenal on Sunday after the winger tested positive for Covid-19.
Pulisic, who scored in the Blues’ Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, hasn’t trained with the first-team squad since Tuesday and was a notable absentee from the open training session held at Stamford Bridge.
football.london understands Pulisic did arrive at the stadium ahead of the session on Wednesday morning but was then informed about his positive test and was then driven back to his home.
He has been in self-isolation since and Tuchel and 22-year-old will be unable to feature for Chelsea against the Gunners at the Emirates.
Tuchel said: “Christian has, unfortunately, had a positive test and needs to follow the protocols. He’s not been training and is not available for the game.”
Two players who were back in training at Cobham yesterday were N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech and Tuchel says the duo are in contention to face Arsenal.
“Hakim and N’Golo were both in training today. They have done everything since yesterday to be in training. They have had absolutely no problems so we absolutely have to have more physical and intense training sessions tomorrow with them and the team.
“We will decide after tomorrow’s training session at 11am but right now, it seems very positive that both can be in the squad for Sunday.”
Tuchel added: “He [Ziyech] had some very good matches last season also some difficulties and hard decisions from me to take. But the pre-season was very promising and pretty impressive from him.
“The attitude which he arrived here was absolutely the right attitude to grow and to show personality. This is what he did. He was fantastic from day one. He was decisive in every single friendly game we played and he was decisive in the first competitive game, the final against Villarreal.
“Unfortunately, he got injured so now we need to take care of it because on one side we are very happy he is back on the pitch, on the other a shoulder injury can be a bit tricky. Tomorrow is decisive for him. We will see how free he is with the shoulder.”