Juventus Injury-Prone Star Unlikely to Recover in Time for Serie A Opener

Juventus injury-prone playmaker Paul Pogba will likely miss out on his team’s Serie A curtain-raising fixture against Udinese in August. According to Gianluca di Marzio’s Pazzi di Fanta report, the Frenchman has yet to return to normal training with the first-team squad.

Pogba rejoined Juventus following a dismal six-year stint at Manchester United last summer. However, a series of injury setbacks restricted him to only 104 minutes of Serie A action in 2022/23. His last appearance for the record-time Italian champions dates back to April.

After overcoming a long-term knee injury midway through last season, Pogba suffered a muscular problem at the start of 2023. He returned to action in March, only to hobble off the pitch within the opening 25 minutes of Juve’s 2-0 win over relegation boys Cremonese in early April.

Despite returning to training last week, Pogba won’t feature for Juventus during the United States tour. The 30-year-old is practicing separately from the group, doing personalized work in the gym. Unfortunately, his recovery won’t come in time for Bianconeri’s trip to Udinese on August 20.

Juventus have given their troubled star the benefit of the doubt, nonetheless. They’ll rely on him next season, as confirmed by new CEO Cristiano Giuntoli. But Pogba must regain full fitness first. 

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