Paul Pogba is still out of action since his hamstring injury in early September against Basel.
Though initial fears of the Frenchman being out for as much as twelve weeks appear to be unfounded, Manchester United are said to be worried about his long-term injury proneness. Marouane Fellaini’s sustained injury while playing for Belgium on Saturday has emphasised the need for Pogba to return sooner rather than later.
In order to cover both scenarios, the Red Devils are set to call on a specialist coach to examine the 24-year-old’s running style, according to The Star.
Paul Hetherington writes:
“[United] are leaving no stone unturned to get to the bottom of the issue and a running-style coach could be the next move. The running style of Pogba has been analysed to see if that could be linked to his hamstring injuries.
The France midfielder creates massive loads of pressure on his leg muscles through his heavy, powerful frame.”
A cursory glance at the midfielder’s injury history shows that although the hamstring area is not an epidemic, it has flared up on occasion, most recently this past March.
March 16th saw Pogba come off after just 48 minutes against Rostov in the Europa League with a hamstring injury that kept him out until early April.
In the same month of 2015, Pogba departed Juventus’ game against Borussia Dortmund having only lasted 27 minutes. Again, the culprit was his hamstring, and this time he was relegated to the sideline until May.
This sparse but worrying injury history tallies with the potential coach appointment in that it would be a precautionary measure to preempt the hamstring issue becoming a crisis throughout the player’s twenties.