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France's Pogba needs time to hit top gear, says Deschamps

He also came off the bench in France's 1-1 draw with Ukraine in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday and is expected to feature against Kazakhstan later on Sunday

Reuters , Sunday 28 Mar 2021
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France's midfielder Paul Pogba, France's defender Kurt Zouma and France's defender Lucas Digne attend a training session three days ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match against Kazakhstan in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on March 25, 2021.
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France head coach Didier Deschamps says Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba needs regular game time to rediscover his best form after a spell on the sidelines.

Pogba, 28, missed 10 games for United after sustaining 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 with Ukraine in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday and is expected to feature against Kazakhstan later on Sunday.

"He is not on top of his game, that's for sure," Deschamps said. "When he came off the bench against Ukraine, we were not having our best moment. But obviously those 30 minutes were good for him.

"Like every player that comes back from injury, he needs time. He was in this situation in November, he came with not a lot of minutes and played one hour against Finland which was not that good, but it didn't stop him from having a great game against Portugal after that.

"He is capable of playing from the start but also coming in during the game. But he needs to play minutes in order to get fit again."

After their game at Kazakhstan, France travel to Bosnia on Wednesday.

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