Currently recovering from right knee surgery, Paul Pogba has not been called up by Didier Deschamps for matches against Austria and Denmark. If La Pioche’s participation in the World Cup was not in question, the national coach would still send him a clear message.
Being involved in extra sporting affairs and away from the pitch for weeks on end, Paul Pogba isn’t living the most beautiful moments of his career. In recent weeks, the Juventus player from Turin decided to have an operation on his right knee. This surgery requires a very long recovery period.
So it stands to reason that the former Manchester United midfielder is not one of the 23 players selected by Didier Deschamps for next week’s two Nations League matches. Unfortunately, the question of his participation in the World Cup in Qatar could begin to arise.
“He won’t come just because he’s part of the CEOs.”
If the national coach had clearly not shut the door on Paul Pogba, he nevertheless wanted to be very clear about the situation. “No, he won’t come if he’s not fit. If he’s coming… he doesn’t want that either. Unimaginable. How many players would be there, they would all be ready to play, and there might be sporting disparities. Next, it’s a competition question. And he won’t come just because he’s part of the executives. Those who are selected will be able to meet these requirements.”
In other words, the 2018 world champion will not have any privileges. Only his physical form and performance on the ground would allow him to go to Qatar. When also asked about the grievances between Paul Pogba and his brother Mathias, Didier Deschamps refused to speak on the subject.
“Obviously I’ve spoken regularly with Paul (…) He’s solid and focused on the field”
^ Didier Deschamps in the Paul Pogba case pic.twitter.com/MZgmwIJ1h3
– team (theteam) September 15, 2022