Matteo Guendouzi received a call-up to the French senior national team on Wednesday, after Corentin Tolisso had to pull out with an injury.

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France’s midfielder Matteo Guendouzi (L) vies with Slovakia’s goalkeeper David Sipos during the U21 European Championships qualification football match France vs Slovakia on October 12, 2020 at the Meinau stadium in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP via Getty Images)

France had a couple of injury problems ahead of their opening game of the international break, with N’Golo Kante and Corentin Tolisso both struggling with their fitness.

In Tolisso’s case, he’d picked up a calf problem and had to pull out to be replaced by Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi. Kante was replaced by Adrien Rabiot.

France’s game against Bosnia & Herzegovina came too soon for Guendouzi to play any part in it, but he’ll presumably be available for their upcoming games away to Ukraine on Saturday, September 4th and home to Finland on Tuesday, September 7th – both at 19:45 BST.

Guendouzi is in good form at the start of the current campaign, having scored in his last game for Marseille. So he could be in line for his first appearance for the French senior national side as a result.

The 22-year-old midfielder has joined the French national team on two previous occasions, in September 2019 and November 2019, but he didn’t come off the bench in any of the four matches he was involved in the squad.