Didier Deschamps is hopeful that Paul Pogba will be ready to play at the World Cup next month amid reports that the midfielder is set to return to training with Juventus.
Pogba has not yet played for the Bianconeri since returning from Manchester United in July, and he doubts he will be able to compete in Qatar after undergoing surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.
The 2018 World Cup winner initially opted to treat the injury with conservative therapy, which his doctor Roberto Rossi later said made his condition worse.
With just over a month to go until Tuesday’s Group D opener against Australia, Italian media reported that Pogba’s return to Juventus training was imminent.
Speaking after the Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday, Deschamps told Sport Mediaset that he is optimistic about the midfielder’s progress, saying: “His program is going well.
“The main thing is that he recovered, I think he will recover, and this is already good.
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“Then the question will be whether he looks athletic, since he has not played for a long time.
“But I repeat, before I think about whether I will call him, he must be healed.”
Pogba has won 91 caps and scored 11 goals for France since his international debut in 2013, and also scored the Blues’ third goal in their 4-2 victory over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Deschamps saw another of his French stars become the best player in the world as Karim Benzema won the Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career.
Asked about Benzema’s triumph, Deschamps added: “He deserves it. This is important for all French football, for the national team and clubs.”