France head coach Didier Deschamps says Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba needs regular match-time to regain his best form after a spell on the sidelines.
Pogba lost 10 games for United after sustaining a leg injury in February, but returned to action this month and helped the Premier League side to the Europa League semi-finals with the winning goal in victory 1 -0 at AC Milan.
He also came off the bench in France’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine in their qualification for the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday and is expected to appear against Kazakhstan later Sunday.
“He’s not at the top of his game, that’s for sure,” Deschamps said. “When he came off the bench against Ukraine, we weren’t getting the best moment. But obviously, those 30 minutes were good for him.
“Like every player who recovers from injury, he needs time. He was in this position in November, he came without many minutes and played an hour against Finland which was not so good, but that did not stop him from getting a good game against Portugal after that.
“He’s able to play from the start but also come in through the game. But he needs to play minutes to be healthy again.”
After their game at Kazakhstan, France travel to Bosnia on Wednesday.
Road to Qatar: England, Scotland, France, Spain in action
The road to Qatar for European countries continues Sunday with more World Cup qualifiers involving England, Scotland, France and Spain.
France began their World Cup qualifying campaign in incredible fashion as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Ukraine on Wednesday – and Didier Deschamps’ side look to kick back on a fake pitch in Kazakhstan .
Germany, England and Italy got off to a winning start but Spain were drawn to a 1-1 home draw by Greece. That quarter will also return to action as part of Sunday’s blockade where 15 European Warrants take place.
All European World Cup qualifiers on Sunday are shown live on one or the other Sky Sports Football, Main Event, Premier League, or on the red button.
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