France head coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Paul Pogba will not be available for next month’s Nations League against Sweden and Croatia after testing positive for coronavirus.
Deschamps said: “I had to make a last-minute change to this list, because Paul Pogba was planned to be in this list but unfortunately for him, he took a test (for COVID-19) yesterday which turned out to be positive today, so at the last minute he was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga.”
Pogba’s place will be taken by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.
Manchester United have also released a statement about the club’s midfielder:
“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 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.
Meanwhile, France will face Sweden in Solna on September 5 and Croatia in Paris on September 8.