Paul Pogba saw a return to Juventus officially confirmed on July 11, but a little over two weeks later he picked up a knee injury in training and is now facing serious questions of whether he will be fit for World Cup duty with France at Qatar 2022. The 29-year-old has suffered the most unfortunate of setbacks shortly after securing a switch that was intended to get his club career back on track after six testing years at Manchester United.
He has taken in just one friendly appearance for Juve since retracing steps to Turin, against Chivas, and is now facing up to a lengthy spell on the sidelines. How long will Pogba be out of action and will he miss the defence of Les Bleus’ global crown? GOAL takes a look…
What kind of injury has Paul Pogba picked up?
Initially, Pogba’s injury was not considered to be serious, as he was able to limp off the training pitch accompanied by Juve’s medical staff.
He was in attendance at subsequent sessions, as he watched on from the sidelines, with the Bianconeri continuing to carry out tests.
It soon became clear that the problem would be keeping Pogba out of action for some time, with Juve revealing in an official statement that tissues in his knee had been torn.
The Serie A giants said: “Following complaining of pain in his right knee, Paul Pogba underwent radiological examinations that revealed a lesion of the lateral meniscus.
“In the next few hours he will undergo a specialist orthopedic consultation. Therefore, in order to continue treatment, he is not taking part in the trip to Dallas.”
How long will Paul Pogba be out for?
There were early suggestions that Pogba would be ruled out for around three weeks, meaning that he would miss the start of the 2022-23 Serie A campaign.
Further examinations, however, revealed the full extent of the ailment and he was expected to undergo surgery.
But Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has now confirmed that the midfielder will not be going under the knife and will instead recover via conservative therapy.
The Italian expects Pogba to be back in less than two months, as he told reporters: "I'm not a doctor. What do I think? I don't think, I have relied on what was said and the decision that was made.
"Conservative therapy has been adopted, within 5-6 weeks he will be able to be in the field. You have to have confidence. That was the decision, then we'll see if it was right or wrong."
Will Paul Pogba miss World Cup 2022?
As suggested by Allegri, Pogba will return to action within five or six weeks, which means he should be fit and ready for the start of the 2022 World Cup in November.
The news will come as a boost to the French national team, who will be heading to Qatar with the intention of retaining the title they lifted in Russia back in 2018.