Pogba in race against time to be fit for World Cup
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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has reported no issues from the knee surgery that has left him facing a race against time to be fit for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The French International midfielder underwent knee surgery this week after sustaining an injury in preseason and has not featured at all in any of the official Juventus games.

After his surgery was successful, Pogba took to social with a video where he said: “I’m fine – the operation went very well. We will recover and come back.”

Paul Pogba is a vital member of France’s setup but by the estimation of Juventus as well as the surgeon that worked on his knee, Pogba has been ruled out for the rest of the year and will not be able to make it to the World Cup in Qatar.

Juventus released a club statement on the 5th of September confirming a successful surgery on their website. “This evening, Paul Pogba underwent selective external arthroscopic meniscectomy. The surgery, performed by Prof. Roberto Rossi in the presence of the Juventus Team Doctor, Luca Stefanini was a complete success.”

Updates after Pogba’s surgery

According to L'Equipe, the surgeon said the following after Pogba was operated on: 'In agreement with the Juventus doctors, we have indicated a necessary time of eight weeks so that Pogba can return to the team and resume collective training.

“This is the estimated time. After that, we need to evaluate the conditions and reactions when he starts to strain.”

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri also spoke in agreement with the Surgeon when asked about Pogba’s situation.

“We will realistically get him back in January,” said Massimiliano Allegri. “The World Cup is not my problem, Juventus’ problem is that he comes back in January.”

It was decided that Paul Pogba will need surgery after he was forced to stop training prior to their huge UEFA Champions League fixture against French champions Paris Saint Germain.

It is not the greatest of times for the World Cup winner as off field issues such as the recent allegations made against him by Mathias Pogba, his brother, regarding Kylian Mbappe has been subject of much discussion in the media. Paul Pogba claims his brother’s accusations are false and Kylian Mbappe himself has openly claimed to be in support of his France teammate. 

Pogba was one of the most important players in the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup as tournament hosts. As it stands, the 29-year-old will not be available to help France in their bid to retain the world title in Qatar this November. He has previously won 91 caps and scored 11 goals with a further nine assists for the National Team from midfield

Les Bleus begin their title defence against Australia on 22 November before facing Denmark and Tunisia in the other Group D fixtures.

Paul Pogba returned to The Old Lady this summer on a free transfer from Manchester United after spending six seasons with the English side, winning one UEFA Europa League and one EFL Cup.