Paul Pogba to Miss France’s World Cup Defense in Qatar
By Gharny Yeku
France midfielder, Paul Pogba will miss France’s World Cup defence in Qatar due to the knee injury he suffered in July.
The 29 years old has not played this season since he rejoined Juventus from Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
According to a statement released by his agent, Rafaela Pimenta, on Monday: “Following yesterday’s and today’s medical review in Torino and Pittsburgh, it is extremely painful to inform Paul Pogba will still need recovery time from his surgery.
“For this reason, Paul will not be able to join Juventus’ squad before the World Cup break nor the French national team in Qatar.”
Pogba last played for France in a 5-0 friendly win versus South Africa in March, and returned to training last month before opting for surgery, which had sidelined him until two weeks ago when he partially trained with Turin outfit.
Italian media reports on Monday also indicated that Pogba had suffered another thigh injury to further set back his comeback, while Juventus gaffer Massimiliano Allegri recently said it was “very unlikely” that the midfielder would play for the club before the World Cup.
France’s first World Cup match is against Australia on 22 November.