Paul Pogba’s injury is in the same class as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Speculation over the extent of the star’s hamstring injury has been rife ever since he limped off in the first half of United’s 3-0 defeat of FC Basel in the Champions League over two weeks ago.
Since then, reports of anything from four to six to twelve weeks have percolated into the media.On Friday morning, The Telegraph reported that the Frenchman could be absent for another seven weeks.
According to the report, medical staff at Old Trafford are concerned the 24-year-old will miss United’s crunch encounter with Chelsea on November 5, the last game before the league hits pause again for the international fixtures later that month.
However, things got even worse in Jose Mourinho’s press conference on Friday with the Manchester United manager announcing that it was a ‘long term’ injury in the same class as those suffered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rojo.
OFFICIAL: Jose Mourinho confirms that Paul Pogba's injury is "long-term." pic.twitter.com/12ChplhAjd
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Jose Mourinho has held his Friday press conference. Says Paul Pogba's injury now classed as "long-term" like Rojo and Ibrahimovic.
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Such is the concern over Pogba’s injury that Finnish muscle repair specialist Sakari Orava has been contacted for advice over whether the in-form midfielder requires surgery or not.
So far this term, Pogba has been showing just why he became the most expensive footballer in the world last season. With two goals and a brace of assists, the France international has struck up a formidable partnership with new signing Nemanja Matic and has been teeing up the likes of Romelu Lukaka and Marcus Rashford up front, who have both gladly converted with satisfying regularity.
While United continue to bag both goals and points, the prolonged absence of Pogba will be a concern for fans, who are finally beginning to dream once more that their beloved Red Devils can once again challenge for Premier League and Champions League silverware.
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