Concerning news has filtered through from France with national team manager Didier Deschamps speaking out over Paul Pogba’s current state of fitness.
Pogba did not travel for tonight’s away tie against AZ Alkmaar which finished scoreless.
The French midfielder has been in and out of the United line-up of late, having sustained an ankle injury.
And, after suggestions were made that the 26-year-old re-aggravated his injury during United’s draw with Arsenal on Monday night. As a result Pogba was omitted from France’s latest squad, which comes as a blow for the player given he missed the last international break with injury too.
France are set to take on Iceland and Turkey over the next couple of weeks.
Deschamps suggested today that Pogba is set to be out of action for the next 3 weeks, as quoted by Goal.com:
“It’s a new worry with his ankle.
“He played in the [Carabao Cup] and played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.
“I’d prefer he was there like all the available players. But unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.”
This means Pogba could miss United’s big fixture against Liverpool after the international break.
Now we can ask why on earth did Solskjaer risk him against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup? Especially when it was known that he had an ankle issue after picking up a knock previously.
It’s a good job he wasn’t playing tonight on AstroTurf.
Jesse Lingard picked up an injury and will miss the weekend trip to Newcastle.