French midfielder Paul Pogba has been left out of their squad for next month’s Nations League matches after testing positive for Covid-19, manager Didier Deschamps saon Thursday. Stade Rennais midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was called up as a late replacement for Manchester United’s Pogba.
“I had to make a last-minute change to this list because Paul Pogba was supposed to be on this list,” Deschamps said.
France are set to visit Sweden on September 5, and then host Croatia three days later.
Meanwhile, several Chelsea players have not returned for preseason training after testing positive for Covid-19, according to reports in British media.
The reports did not name the players and Chelsea did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Players who test positive have to self-isolate for 10 days and return a negative Covid-19 test before they can take part in training.
Sheffield United, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United were among the other Premier League clubs to report positive Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, the Times said.
Frank Lampard’s side, who finished fourth last season, kick off their campaign against Brighton on September 14. – Reuters