Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been dealt yet another injury blow as Paul Pogba has withdrawn from international duty. The midfielder was gearing up to feature for France this week but has sustained an injury in one of the first training sessions.
A clip of Pogba trodding of France’s open training session was shared on social media and now, Manchester United have confirmed he has withdrawn from the squad and will return to Manchester for rehabilitation.
Pogba is currently serving a three-match domestic ban following his red card against Liverpool and would have been ineligible to play in the next game against Watford.
Solskjaer’s misery might have been compounded as French reports now claim that Pogba is set for a long spell on the sidelines, with tests on his injury revealing an 8-10 week layoff. That’s according to RMC, via Sport Witness, who detail the incident after the ‘first diagnosis’.
SN’s verdict on Pogba’s injury…
Although the news will come as a blow to Solskjaer, there is an argument to say that the current United side functions better without the 28-year-old in it.
The Norwegian manager is understandably a huge admirer of Pogba and would have liked to have him available for a testing run of fixtures, especially considering Fred is one yellow card away from a suspension.
It remains to be seen what the final prognosis on Pogba’s injury is but the initial reports do not look good and he could be about to spend his last season at the club on the periphery.
Pogba has less than one year remaining on his current Manchester United contract and is free to speak with foreign clubs over a pre-agreement in January.