On-loan Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi tests positive for coronavirus and forced to wait for Hertha Berlin debut
MATTEO GUENDOUZI has become the latest footballer to test positive for coronavirus, Hertha Berlin have confirmed.
After returning from international duty with France's Under-21 side, the Arsenal loanee was diagnosed with the illness.
However, the Bundesliga club state that Guendouzi, 21, is asymptomatic and doing well.
A Hertha statement read: "Matteo Guendouzi has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from international duty.
"There has been no contact with any Hertha players or staff.
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"He is symptom-free and feeling well, but will now self-isolate for 10 days. Get well soon, Matteo!"
After signing from the Gunners earlier in the month, Guendouzi had been hoping to make his Berlin debut against Stuttgart on Saturday.
But he will now have to wait for his Bundesliga bow, with the following weekend's game at RB Leipzig also looking doubtful.
The midfielder featured in both of France U21s' games during the break, Les Bleus beating Lichtenstein and Slovakia.
A move away from Emirates Stadium appeared inevitable for the youngster after he fell out with Mikel Arteta.
A potential loan switch to Berlin was formulated earlier in the summer, but it was only in the final days of the window that Guendouzi accepted the offer.
He had been a regular for Arsenal until the Spaniard's arrival.
A tempestuous response to the Gunners' 2-1 defeat by Brighton in June was among the reasons behind his exile from the side.
And he was highlighted for a move soon after that incident, with the club bringing in Thomas Partey to bolster their midfield amid his exit.
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