Paul Pogba is set to be included in France’s World Cup squad regardless of his fitness to play due to his “special status”.

PAUL POGBA could be in line for a call-up to France’s World Cup squad despite his lack of fitness, reports suggest.

Pogba, 29, suffered a serious knee injury in training in the summer that threatened his World Cup hopes.

Paul Pogba in action for France

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Paul Pogba in action for FrancePhoto credit: AFP
Pogba scored in the final as France won the 2018 World Cup

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Pogba scored in the final as France won the 2018 World CupPhoto credit: Getty
Pogba alongside teammate Kylian Mbappe

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Pogba alongside teammate Kylian MbappePhoto credit: Getty

However, the former Manchester United star could return for his club side by November 10, just 10 days before the start of the tournament.

And despite his relatively short playing time, France coach Didier Deschamps was still able to call up the midfielder.

According to L’Equipe, Deschamps, who took over as France coach in 2012, could use the full extent of his 26-man squad and bring the ailing Pogba to Qatar due to his ‘special status’ within the team.

Pogba was a key member of the France team that won the 2018 World Cup and made it to the final of the 2016 European Championships.

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The midfielder has made 91 appearances for Les Bleus, scoring 11 goals including one in the World Cup final.

Despite initial protests against the idea, he underwent surgery on his right knee, with the doctor telling him he would have to rest for at least eight weeks – a time that would see him on October 31.

Pogba could therefore make his Juventus comeback – and his debut since returning from United – against Hellas Verona on November 10 and make a second appearance against Lazio three days later.

But Pogba has been marred by off-field drama in recent weeks when his brother Mathias revealed he would reveal “explosive information” about Paul amid an alleged £11million blackmail scheme.

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Moreover, it has been claimed that Pogba used a witch doctor to curse his teammate Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe reportedly called both brothers for an explanation of the allegations and has since thrown his support behind his international team-mates.

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