Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been left out of the France squad after testing positive for COVID-19, France head coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.
The 27-year-old had been named in the world champions’ squad for upcoming fixtures against Croatia and Sweden but has now been forced out of consideration for selection.
He is said to be asymptomatic, however, the positive test means Deschamps has no option but to leave out one of his key players for the first set of men’s international fixtures played in Europe this calendar year.
Pogba has been replaced in Deschamps’ squad by Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, while international teammate Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur also misses out after testing positive for COVID-19.
It means Pogba will have to spend 14 days in isolation – meaning he will miss the start of Man United’s pre-season preparations, which begin next week following their extended 2019-20 season as they reached the Europa League semi-finals.
However, he should be able to play in United’s first game of the 2020-21 Premier League season, against Crystal Palace on September 19. The Red Devils start their domestic season a week later than most of their rivals to allow them additional rest due to their exploits in Europe.
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