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Man United Star, Pogba Tests Positive For Coronavirus, As Chelsea’s Tammy And Tomori, Plus Four Others Contract Virus

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Frankie Omokhua

Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, is the latest Premier League player to test positive for coronavirus after Chelsea’s pre-season preparations were thrown into chaos by six players contracting the infection. 

Pogba, United’s £89million record signing, will now have to spend 14 days in self-isolation, meaning he will miss the start of the pre-season preparations next Wednesday.

World Cup winner, Pogba, 27, 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.

United is the latest Premier League club to be hit with a coronavirus setback and told the media: “Paul has been replaced in the French squad after testing positive for Covid-19. Everybody at United wishes him a speedy recovery ahead of the new season”. 

The news comes after Chelsea 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. 

Pogba’s positive test 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 failed to follow his club’s advice by travelling to Dubai.

The news about Pogba 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. He is appealing the verdicts.

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.

Pogba, meanwhile, has been replaced by Eduardo Camavinga in the France squad for their upcoming Nations League matches next month against Sweden and Croatia following his positive test result.

France boss Deschamps confirmed Pogba’s withdrawal from the squad on Thursday, 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”. 

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