Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba tests positive for COVID-19

Paul Pogba, Manchester United. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Paul Pogba, Manchester United. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images) /

Paul Pogba was set to feature for France national team before the start of the Premier League campaign.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the France national team selection. Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga has been drafted as a replacement for the 27-year-old by head coach Didier Deschamps.

Besides Pogba, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been struck with COVID-19, too. The two of them will self-isolate for the mandatory 14-day period.

After him nursing a long-term ankle injury he made a comeback into the Manchester United starting lineup. Alongside Bruno Fernandes, he played a vital role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield during the Red Devils’ emphatic form in the Premier League’s Project Restart.

Regarding the current situation around Pogba, Manchester United released an official statement which read as follows; 

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"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."

After being close to a Manchester United exit last summer, Paul Pogba is reportedly happy at the progress made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is keen to extend his stay with the club. The talks over a new contract will begin soon with agent Mino Raiola.

Transfer-wise, Jadon Sancho remains a priority for Manchester United. However, the club is understood to be working on several deals in the background, one of those is expected to be AS Monaco centre-half Benoit Badiashile.

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Furthermore, talks are also understood to be continuing between Man United and Aston Villa for the signing of Jack Grealish this summer.

Man United players are expected to begin their pre-season training on September 2.

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