Matteo Guendouzi tests positive for coronavirus as Arsenal loanee’s Hertha Berlin debut is delayed with midfielder in 10-day quarantine after captaining France Under-21 side
- Matteo Guendouzi returned two positive tests for coronavirus, it was announced
- He is yet to make his debut for Herta Berlin on season-long loan from Arsenal
- Guendouzi tested positive after captaining the France Under-21 national side
- He will now have a 10-day quarantine period away from his Hertha team-mates
Matteo Guendouzi has tested positive for coronavirus after returning to Hertha Berlin following two games with France’s under-21 team.
The Arsenal midfielder is on loan at Hertha and captained France’s age-group side to a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday and a 1-0 victory over Slovakia on Monday.
Hertha announced that Guendouzi was tested on Tuesday and again on Wednesday with both results coming back positive.
Matteo Guendouzi tested positive for coronavirus after coming back from international duty
He will sit out a 10-day quarantine period that will prevent him from making his debut for Hertha against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
In a statement, the club wrote: ‘Matteo Guendouzi has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from international duty.
‘There has been no contact with any Hertha players or staff. He is symptom-free and feeling well, but will now self-isolate for 10 days.
‘Get well soon, Matteo!’
Guendouzi signed for Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal
Guendouzi started life at Arsenal impressively and became a regular starter in the side but his progress unravelled after the restart last season.
He has been persona non grata at the Emirates since their 2-1 defeat against Brighton in June, where he was involved in a post-match scuffle with Neal Maupay.
After leaving on the season-long loan, he said: ‘I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge.
‘That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.
‘So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league.’
The Frenchman fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta and was determined to get play time