Pogba Finally Plays First Game Since Rejoining Juventus

Paul Pogba made his long-awaited return in Tuesday’s Derby against Torino. The midfielder played the final 22 minutes of the game, plus the stoppage time. Even though he didn’t have a particularly impactful showing, the Stadium erupted when he started warming up and eventually subbed in. The mood change helped the team turn the tide and complete the comeback.

The Frenchman had yet to star this season as he tore a meniscus during the pre-season preparation in the United States. He initially opted for a six-week conservative treatment, but it didn’t work out. Surgery became inevitable, and the recovery took longer than expected.

Pogba returned on the pitch 315 days after his last match with Manchester United, on April 19th, 2022, and 219 following the knee injury, Calciomercato informs. He had last donned the black-and-white jersey on May 21st, 2016, in a Coppa Italia final versus Milan. Juventus plot to handle his playing time with care, as they have done with Federico Chiesa. They’ll look to avoid setbacks from the muscular standpoint, and it’ll be a while before he starts.

While some rumors suggested the Bianconeri were seeking a way out of his contract in the summer, which were later dismissed by their director, the star never had doubts about his long-term permanence in Turin, the outlet adds. He inked a four-year deal.

Our Take on Pogba

He fared reasonably well for somebody who hadn’t featured in so long, but the emotional aspect was the most important thing about his comeback. It will continue to be a factor in the next few home contests.

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