Due to a knee injury sustained during training, Paul Pogba might not be able to compete in this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Pogba, who returned to Juventus in full earlier this month, will see a professional expert to assess the best course of action.
After hobbling off the training field in Los Angeles last week, the former Manchester United star’s right knee was found to have a torn lateral meniscus.
The 29-year-old was supposed to undergo surgery while in America rather than continuing his pre-season tour with the Serie Agiants.
The 2018 World Cup champion, who had just recently returned to Juve, has instead traveled back to Italy to see a specialist.
According to La Gazetta dello Sport, there are two possible treatments for his injury, one of which could prevent the midfielder from playing in the World Cup until 2023. One treatment option would be to remove a portion of the meniscus, which would keep Pogba out of action for roughly 40 to 60 days, but that procedure is best suited for younger players and could impair his mobility.
The alternative would be to suture the lesion, but it would likely mean a lengthy recovery period of four to five months, and with the World Cup in November and December rapidly approaching, it would seem doubtful that he would play for France.
Prior to deciding how to handle his most recent ailment, Pogba will now see a specialist.
Before he left for Italy, the Italian giants released the following statement: “Following complaints of pain in his right knee, Paul Pogba underwent radiological exams that confirmed a lesion of the lateral meniscus.”
He will have a professional orthopedic consultation in the coming hours.
Therefore, he will not be traveling to Dallas in order to finish his treatment.