Pulisic tests positive for virus ahead of WCup qualifiers

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic kicks the ball during a training session at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Chelsea and Villarreal will meet in the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks before United States players begin reporting for camp ahead of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says the 22-year-old American had tested positive and was in self-isolation. He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Arsenal. Pulisic says he’s fully vaccinated and has no symptoms so far.

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United States coach Gregg Berhalter plans to announce his roster next week. American players from European clubs and Major League Soccer teams will report to Nashville starting Aug. 29.

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