Pobga Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Withdrawn From France Squad

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has tested positive for coronavirus and has been left out of France’s squad for the Nations League games.

The news was confirmed by France head coach Didier Deschamps after announcing the squad for the Nation League games.

He will miss France’s Nations League game in Sweden on Saturday, 5 September and the home game against Croatia three days later.

Pogba will be replaced in the France squad by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

“I’ve completed, at the very last minute, a change in the list,” Deschamps said on Thursday.

“Paul Pogba, who was previously on the list, unfortunately for him he carried out a test yesterday which was returned as positive this morning.”

A Manchester United statement read: “Pogba has been replaced in the squad after testing positive for COVID-19. 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 wishes Paul a speedy recovery ahead of the new season.”

Pogba will have to self-isolate for a period of 10 days, will then be re-tested and if negative, allowed to return to training.

Under Premier League protocols, all players must be tested when they return for pre-season. Pogba could be available for selection when Manchester United begin their Premier League season against Crystal Palace on September 19.

 

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