Pogba forced to have surgery and practically forfeited for Qatar

Pogba forced to have surgery and practically forfeited for Qatar

The star of the French team Paul Pogba finally had to resolve on Monday to undergo a right knee operation, an option he had refused at the beginning of August, an intervention which casts a shadow on his participation in the World Cup-2022 at the end of the year.

“Pogba went out this (Monday) morning to train, but he stopped and decided to have surgery,” announced the coach of the Juventus Torino Massimiliano Allegri in Paris, on the eve of the match Champions League against PSG.

The coach said he was not counting on the midfielder until the Italian championship was suspended in mid-November due to the World Cup.

Pain when resuming training

The Italian media spoke on Monday of an unavailability of around six to eight weeks, which in theory would allow the 2018 world champion to be able in extremis to be included by Didier Deschamps in the list of Blues.

From a source close to the club, it is specified that a press release will be issued after the operation, the date of which has not been specified, on the details of this intervention, a new blow for a player immersed in the midst of a family affair against a backdrop of charges of “attempted extortion”.

Pogba, 29, part of the France team Didier Deschamps crowned world champion in 2018, has been arrested since the end of July due to a “lateral meniscus lesion” of the right knee suffered during the Bianconeri’s United States tour.

At the beginning of August, the decision had been taken not to operate on the player, at the risk that he would remain handicapped by this injury, in particular to avoid making him miss the World Cup at the Qatar (November 20-December 18).

The choice fell on a “conservative therapy” of “five weeks”, comprising a first part in the swimming pool and gymnasium and a second with athletic work on the ground. “Paul will be subjected to treatment that will allow him to return to the field soon with Juventus and to compete in the World Cup”, had then assured the entourage of his agent, Rafaela Pimenta, who was content to confirm the operation on Monday. without details.

Before making this choice, the “Pioche” had taken the advice of several specialists on the possible treatments and in particular on the need or not for surgery.

An absence of between two and four months

The change of strategy and the move to the operating theater was decided on Monday, probably in view of the feelings of the player who has just resumed racing, alone, on the training grounds of the Turin club.

Depending on the nature of the operation, meniscectomy (removal of the damaged part of the meniscus) or suturing, the duration of his unavailability can vary between two and four months approximately, jeopardizing, even in the best of cases, his participation in the world Cup.

This new injury is another blow for Pogba, not spared during his last months at Manchester Unitedreturned to revive in a club where he had his best period in club between 2012 and 2016 (four Italian championship titles).

His last season had already ended early in April due to calf discomfort. Before that, he had already missed four months of competition, from November 2021 to February 2022, due to a thigh injury.

Pogba begins this new course of rehabilitation as a family affair broke out eight days ago, against a backdrop of denunciations by the player of “extortion attempts” after a video of his older brother, Mathias, announcing ” great revelations” about Paul. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a judicial investigation on Friday.

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