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Pogba left out of France squad after testing positive for COVID-19

PARIS (Reuters) - France 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 said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: France soccer player Paul Pogba is awarded with the Legion d'Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honor) medal by French President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France June 4, 2019. Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Rennes 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 planned to be in this list,” Deschamps told reporters.

“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.”

France are set to visit Sweden on Sept. 5 and host Croatia three days later.

France squad

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Mike Maignan, Steve Mandanda

Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Clement Lenglet, Ferland Mendy, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, N’Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko

Forwards: Houssem Aouar, Wissam Ben Yedder, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Jonathan Ikone, Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Ken Ferris

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