Paul Pogba is facing a new injury crisis that could see him miss the World Cup with France as the Juventus midfielder’s struggles look set to continue.
Reports close to the Frenchman state that Pogba has sustained a new injury setback while undergoing rehabilitation on an existing knee injury that has seen him yet to play a competitive game for Juventus since joining the club in the summer.
Pogba returned to the Italian giants after running down his contract at Manchester United, famously labelling a new deal exceeding £300,000-per-week at the Premier League club as nothing.
The 29-year-old was expected to be fit in time to be selected for Didier Deschamps’s France World Cup squad after recovering from a pre-season injury earlier than expected.
Pogba tore the meniscus in his knee during a pre-season tour of America and was eventually forced to agree to an operation to repair the injury after alternative therapies failed to help.
However, the Juventus star now finds himself facing another fitness race after suffering a muscular injury in training, as reported by Football Italia.
The World Cup kicks off in Qatar in just 20 days with France seeking to retain their status as world champions by winning consecutive World Cups following their 2018 success in Russia.
Muscular injuries often require lengthier rehabilitation periods due to the complex nature often seeing players suffer further setbacks if they are rushed through recovery.
Pogba suffered a series of injuries during five years at boyhood club Man United with good periods of form often interrupted by sideline spells as club supporters became frustrated with his performances and attitude.