Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has tested positive for coronavirus, causing the player to be left out of the French squad, Didier Deschamps confirmed.
The 27-year-old had been named in the world champions’ squad for upcoming fixtures against Croatia and Sweden but has unfortunately for his team, been forced out of consideration for selection.
Rennes midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga will be taking Pogba’s spot on Deschamps’ squad, while international team mate Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur will also miss out.
The new development means Pogba will have to spend 14 days in isolation – a pointer to the fact 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, the French midfielder should be able to play in United’s first game of the 2020-21 Premier League season, against Crystal Palace on September 19.
Pogba is said to be asymptomatic, however the positive test means France’s manager 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.