Football: Pogba renounces the operation, not the World Cup


SoccerPogba is giving up the surgery, not the World Cup

The Juventus Frenchman will use ‘conservative therapy’ to recover faster and be eligible for the next World Cup.

Paul Pogba (centre) won’t be able to play for Juventus until mid-September.


There’s no question of missing the World Cup with the Blues: Paul Pogba, hit in the right knee, is staying off the field until mid-September but avoiding an operation that could have seen him miss the big end-of-season meeting. year in Qatar.

The 29-year-old French world champion, part of Didier Deschamps’ France team, will undergo “five weeks of conservative therapy”, a spokesman for Juventus told AFP on Tuesday, where Pogba returned this summer after six years at Manchester United.

Injured while training

“Paul is undergoing treatment that will enable him to soon return to the pitch with Juventus and take part in the World Cup,” emphasized the entourage of his agent Rafaela Pimenta in the evening.

The international was injured in training around ten days ago during the Bianconeri’s US tour.

Victim of a “lateral meniscus lesion” of the right knee, the “pickaxe” took the opinion of several specialists on the possible treatments and in particular on the need or non-surgical intervention.

In particular, he met this Tuesday in Lyon with a renowned specialist who had recently operated on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Only five weeks break


Depending on the type of operation, meniscus removal (removal of the damaged part of the meniscus) or stitches, the duration of his unavailability could have varied between about two and four months, which meant his participation in the World Cup in Qatar (December 21-18).

The “conservative therapy” ultimately chosen by the player and his club consists of care without surgery. This includes loud Gazzetta dello Sport, “Three weeks between gym, swimming pool and physio, and the last two on the field to do differentiated sporting work”.

A first point in the League of Nations

The deadline set by Juve allows Pogba to return to the field from mid-September. Without allaying any concerns about the condition of the France international’s knee.

Didier Deschamps may have the opportunity to take stock with him in the Blues’ next games, on September 22 against Austria and September 25 against Denmark in the Nations League, the last meeting before the World Cup.

Pogba (91 caps, 11 goals) has not played with the Blues since a demonstration against South Africa (5-0) in a friendly on March 29.

If it doesn’t call into question his participation in the World Cup, this injury still remains a major blow for the French player, who has returned to revitalize himself at a club where he had his best years between 2012 and 2016 (four league titles) . . Italy).

A dark year for Pogba

It confirms a dark year for the Blues midfielder, whose last season ended in early April with a calf problem. He had previously missed four months of competition from November 2021 to February 2022 due to a hamstring injury.

Juve, she is relieved: she can, a priori, rather quickly rely on her star recruit of the summer, who is recalled to the bedside of an “old lady” in decline. Stripped of all titles in Italy for the last two seasons, the Bianconeri have ruled Serie A for nine straight years (2012-2020) before being overtaken by Inter Milan and AC Milan.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri is banking on the Frenchman, whom he coached at Juve between 2014 and 2016, to stabilize a headless midfield last season that ended fourth.

These few weeks of Pogba’s absence and the uncertainties that still surround the condition of his right knee could encourage his club to remain cautious on the transfer market and in particular to keep his compatriot Adrien Rabiot, whose departure was announced earlier in the year became season summer.


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