Manchester United star Paul Pogba has tested positive for the corona virus.
The 27-year-old was named in the roster of France for their upcoming Nations League matches next month, but was replaced in the roster by Eduardo Camavinga after his positive test result.
Pogba had stayed in England during his spare time and was photographed on a night out at the chic Cipriani Restaurant in London on Saturday night with his heavily pregnant wife Maria Zulay Salaues and friends.
Paul Pogba (center) has been tested positive for coronavirus for days after being pictured with his pregnant wife Maria (left) and friends on a night out at a London restaurant on Saturday.
Pogba has stayed in England and went to the Cipriani restaurant in Mayfair at the weekend
The Man United midfielder has been removed from the French selection and misses the start of the preseason
Tottenham midfielder and Pogba’s fellow countryman Tanguy Ndombele have also been removed from Didier Deschamps’ roster after the virus was diagnosed.
Pogba had taken a test on Wednesday and discovered his positive test result on Thursday afternoon.
French boss Deschamps confirmed that Pogba was withdrawing from the selection, saying, ‘I had to make a last minute change to this list as Paul Pogba would be on this list, but unfortunately for him he did a test (for COVID- 19) yesterday, which turned out to be positive today, so at the last minute he was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga. ‘
The £ 89 million United man will now have to spend 14 days in self-isolation, meaning he will miss the start of the club’s preparations next Wednesday, while Ndombele will also be unable to train with Tottenham.
World Cup winner Pogba, who has a son with wife Maria, is the last Premier League player to test positive for Covid-19.
It was revealed on Wednesday that Chelsea had to quarantine eight players after six players tested positive on their return from sunny travels across Europe.
REVEALED: SIX Chelsea players have now tested positive for the coronavirus and two more are also quarantined after roster was tested when they returned from summer break
Chelsea’s preparations for the new season have been shaken after being hit by a coronavirus outbreak – with eight of their players missing the preseason as they isolate themselves.
The Blues have confirmed that a number of players have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in quarantine to limit the threat of further spread to Frank Lampard’s squad.
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori are all believed to be in isolation after being photographed during a vacation on the Greek island of Mykonos last weekend before preliminary training began.
Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi would also stay away from Chelsea’s Cobham base.
It is not known which of the players tested positive. The Telegraph report that six players have the virus and another two are quarantined due to close contact with those affected.
Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are pictured together in Mykonos
Pulisic and Mason Mount (right, with Didier Drogba) took their off-season vacation in Mykonos
Ross Barkley is pictured at a beach bar in Mykonos during Chelsea’s off-season hiatus
The players all underwent coronavirus testing at the end of last week prior to their scheduled return to pre-season training.
But due to the need for quarantine, a number of Chelsea players have yet to report to the club’s Cobham headquarters.
Abraham and Mount are part of Gareth Southgate’s England team and their quarantine period is thought to be no problem ahead of next week’s Nations League game against Iceland. Southgate is said to have been aware of the situation when he chose his team.
Midfielder Barkley, who was left out of Southgate’s roster due to injury, is also pictured in Mykonos.
The 26-year-old was photographed at the island’s SantAnna Beach Club – where Abraham and Tomori had also been seen.
Dimitris Christoforidis, owner of SantAnna confirmed this MailOnline that the Chelsea players visited the club a number of times last week.
He said, ‘I was going to say hello and make sure they were taken care of.
‘They used to go to bars, clubs and restaurants where there are other people and places are not well ventilated.
‘I’m not worried about my club. It is open air, on the beach and we do not have enclosed indoor areas. There are also 55 bathrooms, many of which are for the exclusive use of our exclusive guests.
“I am not at all concerned that they may have contracted the corona virus here.”
Jorginho took his vacation in Capri, Italy, while Batshuayi has been in Cannes, France.
Tomori posted this photo of the SantAnna beach club in Mykonos last week
Michy Batshuayi (left) has been to France, while Jorginho (right) returned to Italy on vacation
None of them are back in season one practice. Chelsea will play their first game of the pre-season in Brighton on Saturday before opening their new Premier League campaign against the same opponents on September 14.
Before the Chelsea players went through their checks, it emerged last week that the number of cases in the league had risen sharply after players’ summer vacations.
Fourteen positive tests were recorded at 12 different clubs that returned to pre-season training early last week, including Sheffield United, West Ham and Brighton.
Mykonos has proven this summer to be a hotspot for Premier League footballers as an alternative to the usual haunts of Las Vegas, Ibiza and Marbella – all locations where the State Department discourages all non-essential travel.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was given a 21-month suspended sentence on Tuesday after being found guilty of aggravated assault, opposition to arrest and repeated bribery attempts following a fracas on the Greek island of Mykonos last week.
Still, he may have to wait up to two years for his appeal to be heard due to a backlog of litigation in Greece.
Clearly, four players have not yet returned to pre-season training under Frank Lampard
After the summer break, the number of cases in the Premier League has risen sharply
Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed the signing of left back Ben Chilwell for around £ 50m from Leicester. And they are on the cusp of pushing their summer break past £ 220 million by closing a deal for German star Kai Havertz.
Attacking midfielder Havertz completes his club record move from Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday. Veteran defender Thiago Silva, 35, will also compete for free after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, number two in the Champions League.
Chilwell signed a five-year deal worth up to £ 190,000 a week after passing a medical check-up, including check-ups for a heel injury from the end of last season.
The 23-year-old is Lampard’s third major addition, bringing his summer spending to around £ 136 million after hiring Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
Chelsea back Lampard in the transfer market as they try to close the gap with runaway champions Liverpool and runner-up Manchester City.
Chilwell has long been Lampard’s number 1 left-back target. Sportsmail revealed in October that Chelsea had emerged as the front runner for his signature following previous interest from Manchester City.
In addition to Havertz and Silva, Chelsea are also on the verge of acquiring free agent Malang Sarr before lending the 21-year-old French defender. They still remain in the market for a goalkeeper and another center-back. Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso will depart after Chilwell’s arrival.
Ben Chilwell sealed a £ 50 million move from Leicester City to Chelsea on Wednesday