France midfielder Paul Pogba insists he will "come back strong" following a thigh injury which could see him return to action in the New Year.
(This article was originally uploaded on 10.11.2021)
Manchester United star Pogba sustained an injury to his right thigh during a training session with France, who are currently priced at 6/1 to win the 2022 World Cup, on Monday.
France are set to face Kazakhstan and Finland in Group D over the next six days as they attempt to book their place at Qatar 2022.
They sit top of the section, three points clear of second-placed Ukraine with a game in hand and require a victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday to qualify.
However, they will need to complete the job without 89-cap Pogba, who has returned to Manchester United.
The 28-year-old is still waiting to learn the severity of the issue but has vowed to come back stronger.
"As you can see, I got a little injured, hopefully it's not too bad," Pogba said in a short video on his official Instagram story.
"We don't lose faith, we don't lose the positive vibe.
"I'm going to do probably another scan in those days to see how bad it is. We're here but we're going to come back strong, you already know."
Les Bleus ran out 2-0 winners when they travelled to Kazakhstan in March courtesy of a strike from Ousmane Dembele and a Sergiy Maliy own goal.
They also welcome third-placed Finland, who they beat 2-0 on the road, at the Parc des Princes on 16th November.