NATIONS - Pulisic unlikely to play World Cup qualifier against Canada

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The Americans are unsure whether star forward Christian Pulisic will be fit for Sunday’s encounter against visiting Canada, while No. 1 goalie Zack Steffen is also sidelined.

Pulisic is recovering health after a positive COVID-19 test, and he missed the first game of the pandemic-delayed 14-game final round, a 0-0 tie against El Salvador, on Thursday night.

“We’ve been getting him up to speed with training. We’re trying to see what he can tolerate, see what type of workloads he can do, and I think that’s the first step,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said Saturday.

“It’s about really seeing how he can come back in a safe way,” Berhalter said. “We been having conversations with him asking him about he’s tolerating loads and everything. We’ll see if he’s ready.”