Pogba withdraws from France duty after picking up thigh injury

Paul Pogba withdraws from France duty as Manchester United confirm the midfielder suffered a thigh injury while kicking a ball in training in yet another blow to under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

  • Paul Pogba has withdrawn from international duty with France this month
  • The Man United star pulled up with a thigh injury during training on Monday 
  • Pogba yelled out a groan during a shooting drill at their Clairefontaine base
  • The midfielder has been replaced by Jordan Veretout for their two games 

Paul Pogba has withdrawn from the France squad as Manchester United confirmed their star has suffered a thigh injury while away with Les Bleus. 

The midfielder has missed Manchester United’s last two Premier League matches due to suspension and on Tuesday, France confirmed he will miss both of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers due to a muscular problem.

Pogba pulled up during a one-on-one shooting drill with the national side at their Clairefontaine training base on Monday.

Paul Pogba has withdrawn from France duty after picking up a thigh injury during training 

He suffered the injury during an one-on-one shooting drill at their Clairefontaine training base

However, as soon as he took the shot, Pogba immediately pulled up lame with a muscle issue

France manager Didier Deschamps (right) went over to check on the stricken midfielder

Pogba was unable to continue the session and had to be assisted off the pitch by a coach

Teed up for a shot on the edge of the area by France manager Didier Deschamps, the 28-year-old yelled out with pain as he struck the ball.

He immediately limped and held his right left – indicating to Deschamps that the issue was around the thigh area.

To minimalise the threat of any further injury, a hobbling Pogba was taken off the pitch as he was accompanied by a member of staff to a car before being driven away.

The injury will come of frustration to Deschamps as it was only Pogba and Bayern Munich right back Benjamin Pavard in training, with the rest of the squad given the day off after playing at the weekend.

France confirmed that Pogba has been withdrawn and Jordan Veretout has replaced him 

United have confirmed that Pogba will not feature during the international break but did not set an expected return date for the former Juventus star, in what could be a big blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It is not yet known whether Pogba will immediately return to Carrington, with boss Solskjaer seen jetting off to Norway with pressure mounting on the under-fire boss following defeat to arch rivals Man City.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday night that United stars were surprised to learn that they have been given a week off during this international break, given the side’s need for a turnaround in performances. 

The France Team tweeted: ‘Paul Pogba has suffered an injury to the quadriceps of the right thigh and is forced to miss the next two matches.


Last month, he was sent off for a reckless challenge on Liverpool’s Naby Keita at Old Trafford

‘To replace him, Didier Deschamps called on Jordan Veretout.’ 

Les Bleus have two World Cup qualifiers in the current international break with a home clash against Kazakhstan on Saturday and then a trip to Finland on November 16.

Four days later, under-performing United head to Watford in the Premier League – although Pogba will serve the final of this three-match domestic ban.

After that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stuttering side head to Villarreal in the Champions League on November 23.

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