After suffering a right thigh injury, Paul Pogba has been ruled out of France’s World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Finland.
With team doctor Franck Le Gall, the Manchester United player was seen leaving Monday’s training session.
“Paul Pogba has been forced to withdraw from France’s next two games against Kazakhstan at the Parc des Princes and Finland in Helsinki,” the French football federation said in a statement.
Jordan Veretout of AS Roma will take his place in the squad.
Pogba was suspended for United’s previous two Premier League matches, a 2-0 loss to Manchester City and a 3-0 win over Tottenham, after being sent off in the 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
Prior to his injury, France head coach Didier Deschamps said Pogba was “glad” as he linked up with his international team-mates.
France leads Group D with 12 points from six games, and a win over Kazakhstan will guarantee them a spot in next year’s World Cup finals.
Deschamps has warned against complacency as the world champions face a team that has lost all seven of its group games.
“What matters is that we achieve our aim of qualifying for the World Cup. That is where I must focus all of my energy and our attention “At a press conference, Deschamps stated.
“Because it is only Kazakhstan, we must not believe that we are already qualified. We’re going into the game with all of our willpower and drive to win.”