Manchester United star Paul Pogba has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 27-year-old had been named in France’s squad for their upcoming Nations League matches next month but has been replaced by Eduardo Camavinga following his positive test result.
Pogba had remained in England during his time off and was pictured enjoying a night out at the swanky Cipriani Restaurant in London on Saturday night with his heavily pregnant wife Maria Zulay Salaues and friends.
Paul Pogba (centre) has tested positive for coronavirus days after being pictured on a night out at a London restaurant with his pregnant wife Maria (left) and friends on Saturday
Pogba has stayed in England and went to Cipriani restaurant in Mayfair on the weekend
Man United midfielder has been removed from France squad and will miss start of pre-season
Pogba had taken a test on Wednesday and found out his positive test result on Thursday afternoon.
France boss Deschamps confirmed Pogba’s withdrawal from the squad, saying: ‘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.’
Pogba pictured playing against compatriot Tanguy Ndombele for United last year
France stars Ndombele (L) and Pogba (R) will now miss next month’s Nations League games
The £89m United man will now have to spend 14 days in self-isolation, meaning he will miss the start of the club’s pre-season preparations next Wednesday and France’s fixtures against Sweden and Croatia.
Ndombele will also have to quarantine and will not be allowed to continue training with Tottenham until the after the 14 day isolation period.
World Cup winner Pogba, who has a son with wife Maria, is just the latest Premier League player to test positive for Covid-19 after it was revealed on Wednesday that Chelsea have had to place eight players in quarantine after six players tested positive on their return from sunshine trips around Europe.
The news about Pogba will come as a bitter blow for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is also expected to be without Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the beginning of their pre-season training after he appeared to ignore his club’s advice by travelling to Dubai.
As Sportsmail revealed, the full-back flew to the popular holiday destination at the end of United’s season and must now self-isolate for 14 days upon his return.
Pogba’s positive test also comes on the week United captain Harry Maguire was found guilty of assaulting police, verbal abuse, and attempted bribery by a court on the island of Syros, in Greece.
Maguire was given a 21-month suspended sentence after being convicted of all charges after the brawl in Mykonos and has been urged to apologise.
Despite the verdict handed down by the Greek courts – which subsequently saw Maguire dropped from Gareth Southgate’s England squad – United have no immediate plans to strip him of the captaincy.
The United star has maintained his innocence and his legal team have launched an appeal but a backlog in the Greek legal process means it could take 18 months or longer before the defender has the chance to clear his name.