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Deschamps: Pogba ‘will do everything to recover’ in time

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France head coach Didier Deschamps has injury worries ahead of his team’s defence of their World Cup crown, with Paul Pogba a major doubt.

Paul Pogba “will do everything to recuperate as fast as possible,” according to France head coach Didier Deschamps, but the midfielder knows time is not on his side.

Pogba underwent external meniscus surgery in early September.

And he is not expected to be back on the field for another six weeks.

This puts the 29-year-old’s World Cup place in serious doubt.

With the tournament in Qatar just over two months away.

But Deschamps has no doubt Pogba will do all he can to recover in time, telling Telefoot:

“I know Paul well, and he will do everything to recover as quickly as possible and be with us in November.

“But the timing is short. He will provide he is healthy and in competitive mode.”

Pogba is yet to make a competitive appearance for Juventus.

Since he returned on a free transfer from Manchester United in July.

And Deschamps already insisted on Thursday he will not take the midfielder to Qatar if he is unfit, saying:

“If he is healthy, it would be a very good thing.

“He won’t come if he’s not healthy. He doesn’t want that either. It’s inconceivable.

“The number of players there will all be ready to play.”

Pogba wasn’t the only noteworthy player Deschamps’ France team had to go without for their forthcoming Nations League games.

In addition to them, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Presnel Kimpembe won’t be playing against Austria and Denmark.

The 2018 World Cup winners have much work to do to avoid relegation from the Nations League’s top tier.

They have drawn two and lost two of their opening four matches in Group A1.

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