Pogba tests positive to Coronavirus

Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been left out of France’s squad for their upcoming Nations League matches next month.

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele – Pogba’s teammate in the national side – has also tested positive for COVID-19 and will spend 14 days self-isolating.

The news was confirmed by France head coach Didier Deschamps as he announced the squad for the games.

France are scheduled to play Sweden in Solna on 5 September and Croatia in Paris on 8 September.

Pogba was due to be called up but has been replaced by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

Deschamps told a news conference: “I’ve completed at the very last minute a change in the list, because Paul Pogba, who was previously on the list, unfortunately for him he carried out a test yesterday which was returned as positive this morning.

“So at the last moment he had to be replaced by Eduardo Camavinga.”

It also means Pogba will miss the start of the United’s pre-season preparations next week.

Along with the rest of the club’s squad, he had been given two weeks off – ahead of the club’s next competitive fixture on 19 September, when they are due to open their 2020/21 Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace.

He will now have to go into quarantine for a fortnight.

Manchester United said in a statement: “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.”

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