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Deschamps will not take France’s injured stars to the World Cup


The France coach said anyone going to the finals, where Les Bleus will be defending the title they won in Russia, should be able to contribute immediately.

Manchester United centre-back Varane is expected to be out of club football until the start of the 2022 finals in Qatar following a leg injury, while Pogba has returned to training with Juventus following knee surgery but will not be in any rush to return to action. games.

“It’s absolutely clear,” Deschamps said. “I have never gone into a major competition with an injured player, even though there are some who can give examples from 2018 with our full-backs, which were Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe.

“They were healed. After that, it’s sports. And between when I made the list and what was supposed to happen, it didn’t happen … that’s it.

“But going to major competitions with unprepared players already takes too much attention, and for those who have to play, it also monopolizes the medical staff. I believe we should leave with real and capable players.”

Pogba is still waiting to make an impact on the pitch in his second spell at Juventus, having returned to the Serie A giants from Manchester United.

Deschamps has a strong will to have the midfielder on the plane to Qatar and Pogba could well return to club action in the coming weeks.

The coach has a lot of sympathy for the 29-year-old, who recently had a hard time outside of football.

In August, an investigation was launched into allegations that Pogba was the target of extortion by his brother Mathias and childhood friends, who demanded €13 million.

Matias Pogba and four others have been charged over the matter and Deschamps sees Paul Pogba as a “victim”.

“It was a very difficult moment for him, yes,” Deschamps said.

“I talk to him regularly. He’s a man with a strong mentality. Obviously, with his injury, it’s not easy to deal with. But psychologically he’s fine.”


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