France boss Didier Deschamps has suggested Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba isn’t yet at his best following his injury recovery.
Pogba only recently returned to action following a thigh injury, which had kept him sidelined for six weeks.
Pogba is currently away on international duty with France – and was brought on as a 63rd-minute substitute as France drew 1-1 against Ukraine on Wednesday in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Speaking about Pogba at his latest press conference, Deschamps said (via Goal ): “He is not at his best, obviously.
“On his entry against Ukraine, it also coincided with a period where the French team was not playing well. These 30 minutes are good for him. Like any player who returns from an injury, it will take time.
“The situation in November, he came with little playing time, it did not prevent him from making a great game against Portugal.
“He needs game time to perfect his physical condition.”