The 27-year-old had been named in France’s squad for their upcoming Nations League matches next month but has been replaced by Eduardo Camavinga following his positive test result.
Pogba had remained in England during his time off and was pictured enjoying a night out at the swanky Cipriani Restaurant in London on Saturday night with his heavily pregnant wife Maria Zulay Salaues and friends.
Paul Pogba (centre) has tested positive for coronavirus days after being pictured on a night out at a London restaurant with his pregnant wife Maria (left) and friends on Saturday
Pogba has stayed in England and went to Cipriani restaurant in Mayfair on the weekend
Man United midfielder has been removed from France squad and will miss start of pre-season
Tottenham midfielder and Pogba’s compatriot Tanguy Ndombele has also been removed from Didier Deschamps’ squad after being diagnosed with the virus.
France boss Deschamps confirmed Pogba’s withdrawal from the squad, saying: ‘I had to make a last-minute change to this list, because Paul Pogba was planned to be in this list but unfortunately for him, he took a test (for COVID-19) yesterday which turned out to be positive today, so at the last minute he was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga.’
Pogba pictured playing against compatriot Tanguy Ndombele for United last year
France stars Ndombele (L) and Pogba (R) will now miss next month’s Nations League games
The £89million United man will now have to spend 14 days in self-isolation, meaning he will miss the start of the club’s pre-season preparations next Wednesday and France’s fixtures against Sweden and Croatia.
Ndombele will also have to quarantine and will not be allowed to continue training with Tottenham until after the 14 day isolation period.
World Cup winner Pogba, who has a son with wife Maria, is just the latest Premier League player to test positive for Covid-19 after it was revealed on Wednesday that Chelsea have had to place eight players in quarantine after six players tested positive on their return from sunshine trips around Europe.
The news about Pogba will come as a bitter blow for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is also expected to be without Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the beginning of their pre-season training after he appeared to ignore his club’s advice by travelling to Dubai.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is facing a period of 14 days in quarantine after travelling out to Dubai
Pogba’s positive test comes in the same week Harry Maguire was convicted in Greek courts
As Sportsmail revealed, the England ace flew to the popular holiday destination at the end of United’s season and must now self-isolate for 14 days upon his return.
Pogba’s positive test also comes on the week United captain Harry Maguire was found guilty of assaulting police, verbal abuse, and attempted bribery by a court on the island of Syros, in Greece.
Maguire was given a 21-month suspended sentence after being convicted of all charges after the brawl in Mykonos and has been urged to apologise.
Despite the verdict handed down by the Greek courts – which subsequently saw Maguire dropped from Gareth Southgate’s England squad – United have no immediate plans to strip him of the captaincy.
The United star has maintained his innocence and his legal team have launched an appeal but a backlog in the Greek legal process means it could take 18 months or longer before the defender has the chance to clear his name.
REVEALED: SIX Chelsea players have now tested positive for coronavirus and two more are also in quarantine after the squad were tested when they returned from their summer holidays
The Blues have confirmed a number of players have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in quarantine to limit the threat of further spreading among Frank Lampard‘s squad.
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori are all understood to be in self-isolation after they were pictured on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos before pre-season training began last weekend.
Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi are also reported to be staying away from Chelsea’s Cobham base.
It is not known which of the players have tested positive. The Telegraph report that six players have the virus and a further two are quarantining because of close contact with those affected.
Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are pictured in Mykonos together
Pulisic and Mason Mount (right, with Didier Drogba) took their off-season holidays in Mykonos
Ross Barkley is pictured at a beach bar in Mykonos during Chelsea’s off-season break
But as a result of the need to quarantine, a number of Chelsea players have yet to report back to the club’s Cobham HQ.
Abraham and Mount are in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and their quarantine period is not thought to be an issue ahead of next week’s Nations League game against Iceland. Southgate is said to have been aware of the situation when he picked his squad.
Midfielder Barkley, who was left out of Southgate’s selection through injury, has also been pictured in Mykonos.
The 26-year-old had been pictured at the island’s SantAnna Beach Club – where Abraham and Tomori had also been seen.
Dimitris Christoforidis, owner of SantAnna confirmed to MailOnline that the Chelsea players visited the club a number of times last week.
He said: ‘I went over to say hello and made sure they were being properly looked after.
‘They were going out a lot to bars, clubs and restaurants where there are other people and places are not properly ventilated.
‘I have no concerns about my club. It’s open air, on the beach and we have no enclosed inside spaces. There are also 55 bathrooms, many only for use by our exclusive guests.
‘I’m not worried at all that they may have caught coronavirus here.’
Jorginho took his holiday in Capri, Italy, while Batshuayi has been in Cannes, France.
Tomori posted this photo from the SantAnna beach club in Mykonos last week
Michy Batshuayi (left) has been in France, while Jorginho (right) returned to Italy on holiday
None of them are back in first-season training. Chelsea play their first match of pre-season away at Brighton on Saturday before opening the new Premier League campaign against the same opponents on September 14.
Before Chelsea’s players underwent their checks it emerged last week that there had been a sharp rise in cases across the league following players’ summer breaks.
Mykonos has proven to be a go-to hotspot for Premier League footballers this summer as an alternative to the usual haunts of Las Vegas, Ibiza and Marbella – all locations where the Foreign Office advise against all non-essential travel.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery following a fracas on the Greek island of Mykonos last week.
Yet he may have to wait up to two years before his appeal is heard due to a backlog of legal cases in Greece.
It’s understood four players have not returned to pre-season training yet under Frank Lampard
There has been a sharp rise in cases across the Premier League following the summer break
Meanwhile, Chelsea confirmed the signing of left back Ben Chilwell for around £50million from Leicester. And they are close to taking their summer spending spree past the £220m mark by sealing a deal for German star Kai Havertz.
Attacking midfielder Havertz is finalising his club record move from Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday. Veteran defender Thiago Silva, 35, is also set to join on a free after leaving Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.
Chilwell signed a five-year deal worth up to £190,000 per week after passing a medical which included checks on a heel injury from the end of last season.
The 23-year-old is Lampard’s third major signing, taking his summer spending to around £136m following the signings of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and forward Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
Chelsea are backing Lampard in the transfer market as they bid to cut the gap to runaway champions Liverpool and runners up Manchester City.
Chilwell has long been Lampard’s No 1 left back target. Sportsmail revealed in October that Chelsea had emerged as frontrunners for his signature following previous interest from Manchester City.
As well as Havertz and Silva, Chelsea are also close to snapping up free agent Malang Sarr, before allowing the 21-year-old French defender to go out on loan. They still remain in the market for a goalkeeper and another centre back. Either Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso will leave following Chilwell’s arrival.
Ben Chilwell sealed a £50million move from Leicester City to Chelsea on Wednesday