Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi replaces injured Matuidi in France squad

Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi replaces injured Matuidi in France squad

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been called to the France squad as a replacement for the injured Blaise Matuidi for this month's final Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Juventus star Matuidi was diagnosed with a rib problem during medical tests in Turin on Monday, having played 70 minutes of Sunday's 1-0 Serie A win over AC Milan.

A statement on the Juventus website noted on Monday: "The midfielder today underwent an MRI scan, which showed a fracture of the cartilage of the 10th rib.”

Matuidi was to confirm his unavailability for France on Twitter later: "I'm unfortunately out of the squad but I'm certain that France will get qualification. I'm looking forward to coming back for the next dates."

Euro Qualification

France will qualify for Euro 2022 if they can win against Moldova in Paris on Thursday or if Iceland fails to win against Turkey.

In his Monday conference coach, Didier Deschamps said: "Qualifying has never historically been simple for Les Bleus. We only took one point from six against Turkey, but the main objective is to qualify.

"It's our goal to finish first, but that's not in our hands anymore because of Turkey. But even if we're first, we wouldn't necessarily be seeded for the draw [for the finals]."

The French Football Federation confirmed Guendouzi will link up with the squad at Clairefontaine later on Monday.