Paul Pogba’s season effectively over after Juventus confirm thigh injury sustained against Cremonese
- Frenchman ravaged by fitness problems
- Underwent knee surgery
- Now nursing a muscle complaint
WHAT HAPPENED? The France international midfielder returned to Turin as a free agent last summer after reaching the end of his contract at Manchester United. A fresh start was supposed to rekindle a lost spark in the enigmatic 30-year-old, but he has spent much of his first year back in Italy stuck on the treatment table. Having picked up a knee problem that required surgery shortly after linking up with Juve for the second time, Pogba suffered a muscle problem when making his first start for the club against Cremonese on May 14.
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WHAT THEY SAID: After sending Pogba for scans on his latest ailment, Juve have said in a statement on the club’s official website: “The diagnostic tests that Paul Pogba underwent this morning at J|Medical showed a low-grade lesion of the rectus femoris of the left thigh. The footballer has already started his rehabilitation programme.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Pogba’s start against Cremonese was his first for club or country in 390 days, but he lasted just 23 minutes before being forced from the field – with Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri admitting afterwards that “risks” had been taken on his fitness.
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WHAT NEXT? Pogba is now unlikely to be seen again until the 2023-24 season, with Juve – who are into the Europa League semi-finals – having just three more Serie A fixtures to take in.