France Boss Deschamps Offers Sympathy to Banned Pogba

Things have only been going downhill for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, and a return to first-team football looks far from likely for him at the moment after his counter-analysis test failed to come through. Pogba is now facing a two to four-year ban at the least, and France boss Didier Deschamps has offered his sympathy.

Deschamps, before France restart their UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying journey, took stock of the midfielder’s future and admitted it will be a lengthy process before Pogba can resume playing (via Calciomercato).

“Massimiliano Allegri is particularly saddened by Paul’s situation, and so am I. Many challenges have come his way recently. He finds himself in a complex situation and will have to go through a lengthy procedure to defend himself. What’s happening to him is sad. I won’t take a definitive or radical stance.”

“I can’t predict his future; it will require time, even though he hasn’t been with us for a while. I hope he finds his smile again and returns to the pitch, but it will certainly take time.”

Pogba tested positive for DHEA, a banned substance that naturally boosts testosterone during a check after August’s win over Udinese, where he was an unused substitute.

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