Paul Pogba is out for Juventus AGAIN after injuring himself while practising free-kicks, days after being dropped for turning up late for a team dinner and having played just 35 minutes on his £8.8m-per-year deal
- Juventus have confirmed that Paul Pogba has a muscle injury in his right thigh
- It is another setback for the midfielder who has played just 35 minutes this term
- Pogba sat out their Europa League first-leg tie last week for disciplinary reasons
Paul Pogba is injured yet again, with reports suggesting the Juventus star could face up to 30 days on the sidelines as a result of his latest problem.
Since rejoining the Italian giants from Manchester United in July 2022, Pogba has been injury-prone, and made just two appearances totalling 35 minutes.
Now Juventus have confirmed that the 29-year-old Pogba ‘has suffered a low-grade injury to the adductor of his right thigh’, and has started the rehabilitation process with a view to returning to competitive action.
Sky Italia have said the thigh injury is set to leave Pogba on the sidelines for between 20 and 30 days, so he will miss their remaining fixtures ahead of the upcoming international break, as well as the opportunity to represent France in their qualifiers.
Without Pogba, Juventus won 4-2 in their Serie A game against Sampdoria on Sunday, with Adrien Rabiot scoring twice for the victors.
Paul Pogba has suffered a low-grade injury to the adductor of his right thigh in training
It is another setback for the star man who has played just 35 minutes of football for Juventus
Speaking after the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri told DAZN: ‘This morning Pogba was taking free kicks and felt a twinge in his adductor. He will have tests tomorrow but will certainly not be there on Thursday or next Sunday so we’ll see him after the break for international duty.’
Allegri also confirmed that Pogba was set to have 30 minutes of game time against Sampdoria, before his injury made that impossible.
The midfielder made over 120 appearances for Juventus between 2012 and 2016, before moving to Manchester United.
Pogba returned to Juventus last summer on a four-year deal on a deal earning him a reported £8.8m every 12 months, but he has struggled with fitness upon his return. Injuring his knee two weeks after joining meant that his start was delayed, and the Frenchman later needed surgery that ruled him out of the World Cup.
He eventually made his comeback, but was then axed from the squad for the Europa League match against Freiburg last week due to a disciplinary issue after turning up late for a team meeting. Pogba watched the 1-0 win from the stands.
Pogba missed out on their Europa League game against Freiburg due to disciplinary action
In a cryptic post after the game, Pogba tweeted ‘reset’, although it is not clear if this relates to his recent injury setback.
He came under fire for being seen on a skiing trip during his time away from the pitch after surgery, and the issue ahead of the Freiburg game caused yet more concern among the senior staff at Juventus.
He only made his first appearance this season last week, and has played the fewest minutes out of any outfield star during the 2022-23 season, something which will not change during the next few weeks.
Juventus also stated that their captain, centre back Leonardo Bonucci, suffered a blunt injury to his left leg. He is being monitored daily by the Turin-based club.
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