Key Chelsea player returns from international duty early

Malo Gusto
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Chelsea right-back Malo Gusto was called up on international duty for France Under-23s’ upcoming friendly matches against the Ivory Coast and the United States.

The games were in preparation for the Olympics. However, Gusto has left camp, after being down with a virus.

Malo Gusto made his senior international debut in France’s 2-1 win over the Netherlands in November but missed out on Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad for the side’s Euro 2024 warm-up clashes this month.

Gusto has been in form for Chelsea of late, which prompted Thierry Henry to call him up for their Olympics team.

Gusto was expected to be a key member of the Olympics team, but the defender was said to be feeling unwell on Friday morning, French publication L’Equipe reports.

The report also claims that the Chelsea right-back said his goodbyes to the rest of the group at their training base in Chateauroux on Friday enroute to London.

Malo Gusto has become a key player for Mauricio Pochettino, who will definitely want him available to play Burnley after the international break.

Chelsea signed Gusto from Lyon for a fee of £26m in January 2023 and immediately sent the defender back to Lyon on loan for the remainder of last season.

Gusto has made 15 starts in the English top flight this season, and has been a dependable choice in the absence of Reece James.

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