Matteo Guendouzi is in training with Hertha BSC for the first time after recovering from the coronavirus infection he picked up on the international break.

Matteo Guendouzi in training with Hertha BSC (Photo via GGFN on Twitter)
Matteo Guendouzi in training with Hertha BSC (Photo via GGFN on Twitter)

After completing his loan move to Germany and travelling away with the France u21s, Matteo Guendouzi saw his plans grind to halt when he twice tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, he had to isolate for 10 days.

The Arsenal midfielder didn’t show any symptoms and was feeling well, but for the safety of his new teammates, he had to wait to join up with them.

The wait is now over, and Guendouzi joined training with Hertha for the first time on Tuesday. He missed out on consecutive defeats to VfB Stuttgart and RB Leipzig, but will be available to help his loan side turn things around when they host Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Most reliable outlets suggest that despite the rift between Guendouzi and Arsenal in the final months of last season, there’s no option to buy for Hertha. Although one French outlet did disagree with that reporting.

As for the player, he insists his time with Arsenal isn’t over just yet, and the loan is for the sake of his immediate personal development as a player. Hopefully he gets off to a good start on the pitch this weekend and kicks off a strong season in Germany.