The gigantic midfielder 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.
“I was led, at the very last minute, to make a change in the list. Paul Pobga was in 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,” Deschamps said.
Pogba has been replaced in Deschamps’ squad by Rennes midfielder Camavinga, while international team-mate Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham also misses out.
Pogba set to miss Manchester United pre-season
This means that Paul Pogba will have to spend 14 days in isolation meaning he will miss the start of Man Utd’s pre-season preparations.
The Red Devils will begin next week following their extended 2019/2020 season as they reached the Europa League semi-finals.
However, Paul Pogba should be able to play in United’s first game of the 2020-21 Premier League season, against Crystal Palace on September 19.
Manchester United will start their domestic season a week later than most of their rivals to allow them additional rest due to their exploits in Europe.
Paul Pogba is said to be asymptomatic, however the positive test means Deschamps has no option but to leave out one of his key players.
On a footballing level, the absence of Pogba and Dembele provides opportunities for teenage talent Camavinga.
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who have 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.
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