Paul Pogba has endured a rough start at his new club Juventus since joining them for free this summer. The former Manchester United midfielder has sustained a serious knee injury which requires a surgery. Pogba could be out for months as a result if he opts to undergo the surgery.
However, curing this injury may hamper his chances of playing at the FIFA World Cup this year with France. Pogba’s World Cup participation is at risk if he is operated on the knee. The midfielder is eager to represent the defending champions at the biggest tournament, and has a tough decision to make.
Paul Pogba seeks recommendation from knee expert
Paul Pogba finally left United this summer after the club released him post his contract expiration. Juventus were quick to snap up their former player, also signing him for the second time from United. Pogba’s handling by United was criticised immensely since the club had splashed a then world-record fee of £89 million on his acquisition from Juventus in 2016.
However, the club let him rejoin the Old Lady on a free transfer, inviting heavy losses. Further on, his second stint with the Red Devils didn’t yield the output as was expected. The 29-year-old made 225 appearances, across which he produced only 39 goals and 51 assists. Pogba’s constant tiffs with the club hierarchy became a problem too due to which United let him go for free, clearing his annual wages of £14.5m in the process.
On the other hand, Pogba hasn’t had a good start at Juventus either with his lateral meniscus injury to the knee. Pogba had abstained from travelling with Juventus on the preseason in order to seek medical attention to his right knee.
The Frenchman flew to Lyon to meet knee expert Dr. Bertrand Sonnery-Cotter, according to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport. Pogba sought his expertise and recommendation over whether or not he should undergo the blade on meniscus of his knee. The Juventus man has reportedly discovered that a knee surgery is likely to keep him out of action for at least four months.
As a result, Pogba would return only after the Christmas hence missing the flight to Qatar with the French team for the World Cup. The midfielder is highly unlikely of opting for the operation, given he wants to play in Qatar. Paul Pogba was a crucial part of France’s 2018 World Cup triumph in Russia, featuring in all but one game and scoring a goal in the final as well.
On the other hand, Juventus are insisting their summer recruit should undergo the surgery so as to reap its long-term benefits. The club fears his injury to further grow serious if he plays without proper treatment which includes the surgery. Nonetheless, the Paul Pogba will make a decision over the same soon.