Pogba to miss football till February

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Pogba still nursing tigh injur, says Rangnicky 

By Valentine Amanze

Paul Pogba, the Manchester United mid-fielder, will miss football for another one month due to tigh injury sustained while playing for France.

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, disclosed that the 28-year-old France international, who last played in a 2-2 draw at Atalanta in early November before pulling up with the injury, would not be available before January 31, 2022.

His words: “Well, a week ago I was told that it would take another four or five weeks.

“He’s not training with the team as yet. As far as I know from the medical department, it will last another three weeks, four weeks and once he is then fit for training that does not necessarily mean he is also match fit.

“It will probably take a couple of weeks until he is really able to compete for the first team.”

Recall that the former Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, had hoped Pogba would be back “just after Christmas.”

Pogba’s absence comes as he is now able to speak to foreign clubs about signing on a free transfer for next season. His contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the campaign with no breakthrough in negotiations on a new deal for a player that cost United a then world record £93 million ($126 million) fee to buy from Juventus in 2016.

Rangnick admitted that he was missing a midfielder of Pogba’s presence after a woeful performance in losing 1-0 to the Wolves last time out. That was the first defeat for the German in six games in charge, but had been coming after a series of unconvincing displays.

“Well, it doesn’t help if there is a profile missing,” Rangnick said. “We need to and want to work with the players we have. We showed we are able to keep clean sheets with this group of players but it’s what we’re doing with and without the ball.

“We had too many giveaways, too many turnovers in that game.”

United are aiming to bounce back when they host Aston Villa on Monday in the FA Cup third round.

 

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