The American head coach said that the Chelsea star will undergo several tests before his status is determined
U.S. men’s coach Gregg Berhalter says the team ‘wait and see’ approaches the availability of Christian Pulisic while the Chelsea star continues to recover from a positive Covid-19 test.
Pulisic tested positive for coronavirus last week, ruled him out for Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend.
But before the World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras, Pulisic has been named in Berhalter’s group, although his availability is still a question mark.
What did Berhalter say?
“As far as Christian is concerned, it will be daily to just see where he is,” Berhalter said Thursday.
‘He is still under quarantine conditions in England, and we will have to get him on his side as soon as he clears the quarantine and judges him.
“It’s really too early to say whether he will be available for September 2, for the fifth or for the eighth. We just do not know now. It will be an expectation.”
Berhalter added: ‘There are a lot of things that need to happen before he can actually get on the plane.
“Let’s be clear. It’s a Covid situation and there are a lot of tests he has to undergo before he arrives. Even then, everyone handles it differently, everyone reacts differently, everyone recovers differently. That’s the process we look at. “
Berhalter, who has named a list of 26 players for the upcoming qualifiers, reiterated that he can name only 23 players in the team, with the three extra calls taking into account possible absences due to fitness or in Pulisic’s case, a positive test.