Pogba rests until the end of the year

FranceInjury to the thigh muscle forced midfielder Paul Pogba to withdraw from the France team, and the risk of being sidelined for at least two months.

On the first training session with the French team on November 8, Pogba got injured and took a break midway. The midfielder born in 1993 shouted loudly in pain, after a shot from outside the box. He grimaced, clutching his right thigh, and hobbled off the field with the help of an assistant coach.

Pogba crouched in pain after suffering an injury on the Clairefontaine training ground, outside Paris, France on November 8.  Photo: AFP

Pogba crouched in pain after suffering an injury on the Clairefontaine training ground, outside Paris, France on November 8. Photo: AFP

A day later, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed that Pogba had a right thigh muscle injury, and could not participate in the last two matches of Group D qualifying for the World Cup 2022 – Europe, against Kazakhstan on November 13 and Finland on 16/ 11. France currently top with 12 points, three points ahead of Ukraine, and played one game less.

Coach Didier Deschamps has summoned Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout, while Pogba will return to Manchester to recuperate. Man Utd then also announced Pogba’s status. “Pogba left the France team when he injured his thigh muscle in training. He will return to the club for further treatment and evaluation.”

FFF and Man Utd did not specify the time Pogba was out, but according to the French newspaper RMC Sports, the 28-year-old player will be out of action for eight to 10 weeks, ie until the beginning of 2022. In a positive case, Pogba will return in the first week of 2022. And if the injury does not progress well, he only has may return at the end of January.

Pogba was taken from the training ground, dropped out of the training session on January 8.  Photo: AFP

Pogba was taken from the training ground, dropped out of the training session on January 8. Photo: AFP

Pogba is currently the player with the most assists in the Premier League, with seven assists for his teammates to score. But he has not scored, or assisted a single time, in the last five rounds. Pogba also missed Man Utd’s last two matches, winning Tottenham 3-0 and losing 0-2 to Man City, because of a red card in Liverpool’s 0-5 defeat at Old Trafford at the end of October.

Pogba’s contract with Man Utd is valid until the summer of 2022, and he can freely negotiate with another club from the beginning of next year. The “Red Devils” once asked Pogba to extend for four years, with the highest salary in the Premier League. However, recent negotiations have been unsuccessful. According to British media, Man Utd will keep Pogba until the end of the 2021-2022 season. The potential landing spots of this midfielder are Real, PSG and Juventus – teams that want to wait until the summer of 2022 to recruit him for free.

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