• Paul Pogba is on a three-match suspension for Man Utd
  • He suffered a thigh injury while training with France
  • France need a win from the remaining two games to qualify for WC

Paul Pogba was ruled out of the France national team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Monday.

Pogba suffered an injury on his right thigh while training Monday and is set to miss Saturday's home game with Kazakhstan and the away match with Finland on Nov. 16, according to a release from FFF.

France national team's head coach Didier Deschamps named AS Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout as Pogba's replacement in the underway international break.

Pogba, who is on a three-match domestic suspension for Manchester United, was anyway going to miss their Premier League clash with Watford on Nov. 20. The French midfielder received the ban for being sent off during the Red Devils' horrendous 5-0 loss to Liverpool FC at Old Trafford last month. He was slapped with a red card for a nasty foul on Liverpool's Naby Keita.

Deschamps' France need one win from their remaining two matches to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar.

Pogba's injury has only increased the list of injured players at Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already without a number of players because of injury, including Pogba's France teammate Raphael Varane. The center-back is out with a hamstring injury. Edinson Cavani missed last Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, while Luke Shaw was substituted in the same match after a blow to the head.

Shaw is following concussion protocol and did not link up with the England squad on Monday.

With just one win in the last six Premier League matches, Solskjaer's situation has worsened as the Norwegian could be nearing the end of his run at Old Trafford.

It has been reported that all is not well between Solskjaer and Pogba. The former Juventus midfielder is believed to have stalled his contract talks with Manchester United. Pogba, who moved from the Serie A club to Old Trafford at $121 million and is the club's record signing, has less than a year left on his current deal and could leave as a free agent.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford on August 14, 2021 in Manchester, England. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Manchester United's stars such as Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho were not picked by Gareth Southgate for England's upcoming World Cup qualifiers fixtures against Albania and San Marino.

It has been reported that while Greenwood has asked Southgate to not play him until next year, the English head coach believes Sancho and Lingard need more game time with the Red Devils for getting picked for the Three Lions.