Guwahati: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday. The midfielder, who was a part of the French squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League, has been now dropped from the side and is replaced by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. France head coach Didier Deschamps confirmed the same.
Pogba is said to be asymptomatic, but a positive test means the France head coach had no option but to leave him out of the squad.
“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,” Deschamps said while announcing the squad.
“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,” a statement from Manchester United said.
“Everybody at United wishes Paul a speedy recovery ahead of the new season,” the statement added.
Pogba, 27, was named in the world champions’ squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Sweden and Croatia on September 5 and September 8, respectively, but as he has tested positive for COVID-19, he will have to self-isolate. So, he will play no part in the Nations League games. However, he should be able to play in United’s first game of the 2020-21 Premier League season, against Crystal Palace on September 19.