Manchester United involved in another Paul Pogba injury timeline farce

Manchester United are stuck in another inconsistent Paul Pogba injury spell after manager Ralf Rangnick suggested he could be sidelined with a thigh injury until the end of February.

Pogba has been out since Nov. 2, and Rangnick said on Dec. 10 that it will be a few more weeks before he can train again. And then he has been out for a long time, so it will take a few more weeks before he is match fit’.

Exactly four weeks after that press conference, Rangnick suggested that Pogba would be four weeks away from training and that he would then need two more weeks to be in match-fit condition.

That would make Pogba available for the Premier League game in Leeds on February 20.

“A week ago I was told it would be another four or five weeks,” Rangnick said at his press conference. “I saw him before training this morning, but at the moment I don’t know how long it will take.

“He is not training with the team yet. As far as I know from the medical department, it will be three weeks, four weeks and if he is fit to train, that does not mean that he is also match fit.”

“It will probably be a few more weeks before he can really compete for the first team.”

Pogba traveled to Dubai in November to rehabilitate at the NAD Al Sheba Sports Complex, but returned to Manchester the week before Christmas after a phone call with Rangnick. Pogba flew to Miami during his eight-week hiatus with a hamstring injury in 2017, which annoyed then-manager Jose Mourinho.

Pogba’s rehabilitation from an ankle injury in the 2019-20 season ended in a farce amid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s infamous injury bulletins.

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The France international suffered an ankle injury in a draw with Southampton on August 31 in 2019, returned in the third round of the League Cup with Rochdale on September 25 and as he neared his return, Solskjaer revealed that Pogba was ‘sickly knocked down’ at Dec 15. On the same day, Pogba was filmed dancing at his brother’s wedding in Paris.

Pogba returned in the 2-0 defeat to Watford on December 22 and came second in the win over Newcastle at halftime, but then Solskjaer claimed Pogba ‘didn’t feel right’ to face Burnley on December 28.

Solskjaer added that he expected Pogba to travel to Arsenal for the New Year’s Day game, but the midfielder was absent from the roster. At the Emirates Stadium, Solskjaer clarified that Pogba was out for ‘three to four weeks’ and would undergo surgery on another ankle injury.

Ten weeks later, Pogba was still absent when United played their last game in Linz on March 12 before the domestic and European season was interrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pogba didn’t play again until June 19.

When Pogba was injured two months ago, Solskjaer said: “Hopefully we can see him just after Christmas.”


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