Tue 18 October 2022 | 15:04

Deschamps: "Pogba's injury? His programme is going well"

Paul Pogba's World Cup place is at risk due to a knee injury, but Didier Deschamps believes he will be able to make it.

Didier Deschamps


Paul Pogba

will be fit to play in the World Cup next month, despite rumours that the midfielder is due to return to Juventus training.

Pogba has not played a competitive game for the Bianconeri since joining from

Manchester United

in July, and he is a doubt for the tournament in Qatar after undergoing surgery to repair a lesion in his right knee's lateral meniscus.

The 2018 World Cup winner initially chose conservative therapy to repair his injuries, which his doctor, Roberto Rossi, later indicated had deteriorated his condition. With just over a month until France's Group D opened against


, Italian media reports claimed Pogba's return to


training was near Tuesday.

Deschamps expressed optimism about the midfielder's recovery after attending Monday's Ballon d'Or event in Paris, telling Sport Mediaset: 

"His programme is going well. The important thing is that he is cured, I think he will be, and this is already a good thing. Then there will be the question whether he looks athletic, since he hasn't played for a long time. But I repeat, before thinking about whether I call him up, he must be healed."

Meanwhile, on Monday, another of Deschamps' France talents,

Karim Benzema

, won the Ballon d'Or to confirm his status as the finest player in the world.

Asked about Benzema's triumph, Deschamps added: "He deserves it. It is an important thing for all of French football, that of the national team and the clubs."

source: SportMob

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