Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus according to France manager Didier Deschamps.
The 27-year-old Pogba has been left out of the France squad after testing positive for coronavirus as confirmed by Didier Deschamps.
Pogba 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.
The French man 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.
Speaking at his press conference after the squad announcement, Deschamps said, “I was led at the very last minute to make a change in the list. Paul Pogba was on this list. Unfortunately for him, he took a test yesterday which turned out positive. So, at the last moment, I had to replace him with Eduardo Camavinga”.
This means Pogba will spend 14 days in isolation. He will, therefore, miss the start of Manchester United’s pre-season preparations that begin next week.
However, he should be able to play in United’s first game of the 2020/21 Premier League season against Crystal Palace on 19th September.
A statement from United read, “Pogba has been replaced in the squad after testing positive for COVID-29. The midfielder will be unable to add to his 69 caps and 10 goals for his country in the games next month. Everybody at United wished Paul a speedy recovery ahead of the new season”.
Who is in the squad?
In Pogba’s absentia, it offers an opportunity to teenage talent Camavinga and Houssem Aouar who has been called up to the France senior squad for the first time.
Central defender Dayot Upamecano has also been called up after impressing in RB Leipzig’s run to the Champions League semi-finals. Pogba’s club teammate, Anthony Martial has also been selected.
France travels to Sweden for their first UEFA Nations League encounter on September 5th. On September 8th they will host Croatia in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final. They are competing in Group C along with Portugal.