Pogba Expected to Miss Start of Season with Knee Injury

Paul Pogba was pictured being helped off the pitch in a recent practice, and the ensuing tests revealed he has picked up a fairly significant knee injury. Juventus announced he suffered a meniscus tear. He will see a specialist in the next few days to weigh his options.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the midfielder will likely have surgery directly in the United States. The timetable will be more precise after he has gone under the knife. It could take him up to two months to return and certainly no less than four weeks.

The odds of avoiding the operation are slim. The knee injury is not new, but Pogba played through it, the publication adds. The Juventus medical staff appears keen on solving it once and for all. Though, it will cost the player more time.

The absence of the new no.10 is unlikely to significantly affect the transfer market plans of the Bianconeri. Adrien Rabiot is not taking part in the American trip because he is unvaccinated. However, he is not for sale, even though he is in the last year of his contract. He is currently training with the U-23 squad to keep preparing for the season.

Juventus see the Frenchman as the natural backup for Pogba, and he will fill in until the star is back from his knee injury. Arthur and Aaron Ramsey remain on their way out, but it is not easy to offload them. The problem likely improves Nicolò Fagioli and Nicolò Rovella’s chances to stay.