Defending champions France are now certain to miss Pogba at the World Cup due to a knee injury

Paul Pogba will miss the World Cup in Qatar, his agent Rafaela Pimenta said on Monday. Juventus’ French midfielder will not recover from a knee injury in time.

“Medical research shows that Paul Pogba should recover from his knee surgery at the beginning of September,” said Pimenta. “It’s very unfortunate, but Paul will not be in the French squad for the World Cup in Qatar.”

Pogba returned to Juventus last summer but has not played since then due to injury. The 29-year-old midfielder recently returned to training. But now it seems that he needs more time to recover.

Pogba has played 91 matches for France so far. The midfielder won the World Cup with his country in 2018, defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final.

Paul Pogba scored France’s third goal in the World Cup final against Croatia.


Paul Pogba scored France's third goal in the World Cup final against Croatia.

Paul Pogba scored France’s third goal in the World Cup final against Croatia.

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France are missing a lot of players

Pogba is not the only French player to miss the World Cup. The likes of N’Golo Kanté, Boubacar Kamara and Mike Maignan all missed the match due to injury.

On November 9, national coach Didier Deschamps will announce his final squad for the World Cup. In total, countries are allowed to field 26 players for the finals.

France will open the World Cup with a match against Australia on November 22. This is followed by group matches against Denmark (November 26) and Tunisia (November 30).

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