PAUL Pogba has been ruled out playing for France in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Finland after suffering a thigh injury. The Manchester United midfielder was seen leaving the France national team’s training session on Monday 11/08 with team doctor Franck Le Gall.
“Paul Pogba was forced to miss France’s next two games at the Parc des Princes against Kazakhstan and Finland in Helsinki,” the French Football Federation (FFF) wrote in a statement quoted by Sky Sports on Tuesday 9/11 .
His position in the France team is currently replaced by Jordan Veretout of AS Roma. Pogba has missed United’s last two Premier League games – a 2-0 loss to Manchester City and a 3-0 win at Tottenham – due to a suspension after being sent off in United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
However, France manager Didier Deschamps said Pogba was excited to join his international teammates ahead of his injury. France currently lead their qualifying Group D with 12 points from six games and a win over Kazakhstan will secure them a place in the World Cup finals next year.
Deschamps warned his players against complacency against Kazakhstan, who have not won once in seven group matches. “The important thing is to reach our goal, to qualify for the World Cup. All my energy and our focus must be on that,” Deschamps said at a press conference.
“We must not think that we have already qualified because it was against Kazakhstan. We will face the game with all our determination and strength to win.”
France will also travel to Finland for their next game on Wednesday next week (17/11). (OL-8)