When is Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba expected to return from knee surgery?
France midfielder Paul Pogba is a doubt for the 2022 World Cup after undergoing surgery.
Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba has undergone surgery and is a doubt for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The 29-year-old had surgery on his right knee, putting his participation in the tournament in doubt.
“This morning Pogba trained for the second time, but then stopped, and it was then decided that he undergo surgery,” said Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.
“We will realistically get him back in January.”
Pogba a doubt for World Cup
Asked if Pogba would be ready for France’s World Cup defence, Allegri added: “The World Cup is not my problem, Juventus’ problem is that he comes back in January.”
Juventus said the surgery - selective external arthroscopic meniscectomy - was “a complete success”.
The former Manchester United midfielder had reportedly hoped to avoid surgery, choosing instead to have “alternative treatments” in a bid to keep his World Cup hopes alive.
He has not played a match for Juventus this season. Pogba rejoined the Serie A side this summer after his contract with Manchester United expired.
France’s first World Cup match is against Australia on 22 November. It remains unclear as to whether Pogba will miss the World Cup in Qatar, however, Foot National reported last month that the surgery would rule Pogba out for four months, meaning the World Cup winner would miss the competition.