Paul Pogba, a midfielder for Juventus, may miss this year’s World Cup in Qatar due to a knee injury he sustained during practise.
After leaving the training field in Los Angeles last week with a limp, the French midfielder, who returned to the Italian giants in full earlier this month, was diagnosed with a tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee. He will see a specialist consultant to find out what treatment is required.
While his club’s pre-season tour in the US continues, the 29-year-old has taken a flight back to Italy to see a specialist.
According to La Gazetta dello Sport, there are two possible treatments for his injury, and one of them could prevent the midfielder from participating in the World Cup until 2023.
Mail Online also report that one option would be to remove a piece of the meniscus, which would rule Pogba out for 40 to 60 days roughly, but that operation is suited to younger players and could affect his mobility.
The other option would be to suture the lesion, but that could require a lengthy four to five months on the sidelines, and with the World Cup fast approaching in November and December it would seem unlikely that he would feature for France.
Pogba will now visit a specialist before making a decision on what approach to take with his latest injury.
In a statement issued prior to Pogba returning to Italy, Juventus said:-
‘Following complaining of pain in his right knee, Paul Pogba underwent radiological examinations that revealed a lesion of the lateral meniscus.
‘In the next few hours he will undergo a specialist orthopedic consultation.
‘Therefore, in order to continue treatment, he is not taking part in the trip to Dallas.’