August 18, 2022

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Pogba, meniscus injury. recovery times

The Frenchman will not participate in the trip to Dallas and will undergo an orthopedic examination in the next few hours. He will miss the start of the tournament

By our correspondent Fabiana Della Valle

Forty-five minutes on the field against Chivas, a few flashes of his side, a great shot that could have become a goal and the voice of Massimiliano Allegri: “Pogba had a good chance at the start but then he played a lot and he, he’s not young anymore, he shouldn’t do that” . The Octopus American Tour lasted so long, that it would not only miss the next game in Dallas against Barcelona (the night between today and tomorrow, 2.30 am Italian time) and the last test against Real Madrid (in Los Angeles on the night between 30 and 31, 4 Italian hours) But also the first full month of the tournament, maybe more. The optimism that prevailed in the early hours of yesterday gave way to an expectation of less comfort: the discomfort in his right knee is actually caused by a meniscus injury that will likely force Pogba to undergo surgery and be off the field for at least the next two years. Months. Bad slab for Juventus, which was aiming for the new No. 10 player at the start of the league. Bad news also for Juventus fans in the US, many of whom bought the ticket just to enjoy watching the lovable octopus live.

Pogba did not train, staying at the hotel in the morning while the team spent their last session in Los Angeles before leaving for Dallas in the evening. He did not board the flight to Texas and Juventus issued a statement on his condition: “Pogba underwent radiological tests, which revealed a meniscus injury. In the next few hours, he will be subject to specialized advice.” The most likely way is to intervene: if the consultation that the midfielder will have in America in the next few hours confirms the feelings of the Juventus doctors, Paul will immediately go under the knife in an American clinic, to speed up time. . The possibilities of avoiding the operation are not many, especially since it is a problem that the player has been carrying around for some time and it is better to solve it once and for all.

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Two months later, Pogba will certainly not be present for his first league appearance against Sassuolo on the evening of Ferragosto and will also miss the first two days of the Champions League, scheduled for 6-7 September and 13 and 14 September. A return to the field in the event of an intervention is scheduled for late September – early October and may be ready for Round Three (October 4 and 5). Allegri risks dealing with the emergency for 6-7 matches, given that the first month of the tournament will be somewhat focused due to the hiatus between November and December to host the World Cup in Qatar.

Rabio doesn’t move

The immediate solution to replace Pogba is another Frenchman, Adrien Rabiot, who has not left for America for personal reasons and is now retiring with the Under-23 team. The former PSG used to play in this position and not. For a longer time on the market (some English clubs came forward, but none of the player was satisfied) precisely because he is considered the natural alternative to the octopus. On the other hand, Allegri is considering against Barcelona to allow the young Argentine player Sulley to play in this position, who was tried Sunday in the triple average with Locatelli in the direction and McKinney on the right.

dynamics

Pogba stopped training on Saturday afternoon: he felt pain in his right knee at the end of a technical exercise and immediately sought medical help. When he left camp he was limping and was accompanied by the doctor and another staff member, but he showed his thumbs to his teammates to show that all was well. He stayed Sunday morning at the hotel, while his colleagues were training at Loyola University Marymouth Stadium, to work in the gym and in the pool. However, in the afternoon, he followed his teammates from the sidelines, enjoying spinning the ball with his hands and his head and indulging in fan selfies. The pain had diminished as the hours passed and on Sunday she was walking better. To the boys who asked him how he was feeling, he answered “Good,” perhaps to try to get rid of bad thoughts. However, the tests removed doubts and above all hopes: the Octopus Tour is already over and fans will have to wait a little longer to enjoy its magic.

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