Paul Pogba’s World Cup chances handed a massive boost

Several reports ruled former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba out of the 2022 World Cup after he sustained a knee injury that required surgery last September. However, following what has been a speedy recovery for the Frenchman, Pogba could play a part for Didier Deschamps’ team in Qatar.

As reported by L’Équipe, the chances of making the World Cup squad for France are looking much brighter for Pogba, with the 29-year-old expected to start playing again in early November.

The midfielder picked up the injury during a training session in Juventus’ pre-season in Los Angeles. As a consequence, he has not played even a minute in a competitive match for the Italian club this season.

Meanwhile, Deschamps has already lost N’Golo Kanté, a key member of the 2018 French team that lifted the World Cup in Russia. It is understood that the head coach would not like to miss Pogba as well.

Initially, the midfield maestro was against the idea of undergoing the operation. But then, he, haunted by the idea of missing the World Cup, had to go under the knife. Although the player is now reported to be fine, there always remains the risk of swelling with this kind of injury.

At the moment, Pogba doesn’t feel any pain. And the signs coming from Italy are rather assuring. He could join his teammates for the group training next week.

If the situation improves as planned, Juventus could summon him for a game toward the end of October or at the start of November. After that, Pogba will have to keep himself fit since Deschamps has already mentioned that he would not pick injured players for the World Cup.

GFFN | Jyotirmoy Halder

 

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