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Manchester United: Pogba out for two months with thigh injury

Paul Pogba faces two months on the sidelines after picking up a muscle injury in France training in another blow for Manchester United.

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Manchester United: Pogba out for two months with thigh injury

France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba faces two months out of action after pulling up in training with Les Bleus ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Finland. Pogba underwent tests on an injury to his thigh, which occurred during a shooting practice session with Didier Deschamps’ squad on Monday, which revealed that he will be unable to play for eight to ten weeks, making it probable that he will sit out the rest of the year for United and France.

Pogba has not had a sterling season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, despite registering four assists in the first game of the campaign. The midfielder has been confined to the bench in recent weeks and was sent off 15 minutes after coming on in the 5-0 defeat against Liverpool, ruling him out of the 2-0 subsequent home reverse against Manchester City. He has also been slipping down the pecking order for France, making only three appearances and losing quite a bit of influence in Deschamps’ team.

Veretout called up by France to replace Pogba

Roma’s Jordan Veretout has been called up to replace Pogba. The 28-year-old former Fiorentina and Aston Villa midfielder has earned four caps for Les Bleus since his debut under Deschamps against Bosnia and Herzegovina in September.