…He is exempted from the French national team for September matches
France and Manchester United footballer, Paul Pogba has contracted coronavirus according to the statement released by France national team coach, Didier Deschamps on Thursday.
He was thus excluded from the France squad for next month’s Nations League matches against Sweden and Croatia.
World Cup winner Pogba has been substituted by teenager Eduardo Camavinga, who was called up for the first time alongside Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
“Unfortunately he underwent a test yesterday (Wednesday) which was revealed to be positive this morning,” Deschamps disclosed to buttress Pogba’s nonappearance from the team.
Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot has been recalled for the first time in over two years after he declined the offer to go on the reserve list for the 2018 World Cup.
“He’s found a very good level again. We can’t go back, I’m not someone who likes to take radical decisions. He remained selectable,” explained Deschamps.
Blaise Matuidi, 33, was ignored following his new transfer to David Beckham’s Inter Miami in the United States Major League Soccer (MLS) as Deschamps is definite in offering a chance to some younger players in midfield.
Kylian Mbappe was one of two Paris Saint-Germain players included alongside defender Presnel Kimpembe, both starters in last weekend’s Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich in Lisbon.