France head coach Didier Deschamps has said Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba needs regular playing time to regain his best form after a stint on the sidelines.
Pogba missed 10 games for United after suffering a hamstring injury in February, but returned to action this month and helped the Premier League side reach the Europa League quarter-finals with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory at AC Milan.
He also came off the bench in France’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday and is set to play Kazakhstan later on Sunday.
“He’s not in top form for sure,” Deschamps said. “When he came off the bench against Ukraine, we didn’t have our best time. But obviously those 30 minutes were good for him.
“Like any player coming back from an injury, he needs time. He was in this situation in November, he came with few minutes and played an hour against Finland which was not so good, but that didn’t stop him having a great game against Portugal after that. .
“He is able to play from the start but also to play during the game. But he needs to play for a few minutes to get back in shape. ”
After their match in Kazakhstan, France will travel to Bosnia on Wednesday.
Road to Qatar: England, Scotland, France and Spain in action
The road to Qatar for European countries continues on Sunday with further World Cup qualifiers involving England, Scotland, France and Spain.
France started their World Cup qualifying campaign unconvincingly as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine on Wednesday – and Didier Deschamps’ side will look to bounce back from a artificial land in Kazakhstan.
Germany, England and Italy got off to a winning start, but Spain were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Greece. This quartet also returns to action on an exceptional Sunday where 15 European qualifiers take place.
All of Sunday’s European World Cup qualifiers are streamed live on either Sky Sports Football, Main Event, Premier League, or the red button.
Not only that, but you can also watch game clips and highlights from the free matches at Sky Sports ‘ digital platforms via our dedicated live blog.