Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial withdraw

Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial withdraw

Didier Deschamps has lost both Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial from his squad for the games against the Netherlands (UEFA Nations League) and Uruguay (friendly) over the global break.

Mendy was diagnosed with a left knee injury upon his arrival at Clairefontaine, and sent back to his club.

The Manchester United duo met up with the France squad on Monday morning but returned to Manchester for treatment after meeting with France's team doctor.

Pogba (thigh) and Martial (abductor muscle) are unavailable for Friday's Nation League game against the Netherlands and the friendly against Uruguay on Tuesday - both matches live on Sky Sports.

Martial's injury was a setback, as he earned a recall for France eight months after his most recent appearance.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Sissoko came in for Pogba.

Striker Alexandre Lacazette had originally replaced Martial but the Arsenal forward was unable to join the squad. However, as the Arsenal striker was also unfit himself, the replacement has been changed to debutant Alassane Plea from Borussia Moenchengladbach, who finished a hat-trick in last weekend's Bundesliga victory over Werder Bremen. He will be replaced by unrelated Lyon defender Ferland Mendy, who received his maiden callup.

Lacazette has not been capped by France since 2017 and was not named in their squad for the World Cup in the summer - which they went on to win.

France are top of their Nations League group with seven points from three games.

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