Paul Pogba will skip surgery to boost his chances of playing in Qatar
France midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly decided against surgery after injuring his knee during one of his first training sessions with his new club Juventus.
Pogba, who returned to Turin for a second spell after his Manchester United contract expired, is believed to have suffered a meniscus injury in his knee but fears that if he undergoes surgery the resulting time on the sidelines could wear off a crushing blow to his World Cup hopes.
The creative playmaker was a focal point for the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he formed an impressive tandem with Chelsea workhorse N’Golo Kante.
It is believed that Pogba will instead undergo a rest and rehabilitation campaign to boost his chances of being selected in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the tournament, which kicks off on November 21 in Qatar.
The surgery, along with a subsequent rehabilitation phase, would almost certainly knock the 29-year-old, who has 91 caps for his country, out of the World Cup.
It has been reported by Italian Tuttosport that Pogba will suffer “conservative therapy” with the aim of returning to full fitness, which involves three weeks of physical work in the gym and pool, followed by two weeks of individual training with Juventus.
However, Pogba’s decision is believed to have angered his new club who wanted him to undergo surgery which would end his World Cup hopes but make him available for selection in the second half of the season. season.
Juventus announced Pogba’s return to the club last month on a four-year contract; a move that ended a largely unsuccessful spell at Old Trafford after joining Manchester United in a world-record transfer in 2016.
Pogba originally joined the Red Devils aged 16 before leaving for Juventus (for the first time) in 2012 – a move that prompted legendary manager Alex Ferguson to accuse teenage Pogba of disrespecting the club.
Almost exactly a decade later, Pogba would leave Manchester again on a free transfer to the Serie A giants.
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