Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba might miss World Cup and rest of 2022 due to knee injury

Juventus and France international midfielder, Paul Pogba, might miss the World  Cup in Qatar and the rest of the 2022 season due to a knee injury.

Paul Pogba endured a number of lengthy absences away from the pitch due to injury during his time at Manchester United, and just two weeks into his return to Juventus after a free transfer.

Reports in Italy suggest that Paul Pogba’s knee injury could force him to miss next season’s Qatar World Cup.

Pogba will see a specialist consultant in order to decide on the best course of action for his problem after it was reported that he had a lesion on his meniscus.

He suffered the problem after limping out of training in Los Angeles with new side Juventus last week, when he suffered pain in his right knee.

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However, Gazzetta dello Sport report that he is instead flying back to Italy to assess his two options moving forward.

Pogba’s first option would be to have a piece of his meniscus removed, and this would keep him out for around two months. However, this is believed to be a more risky option at this stage of his career and is usually recommended for younger players.

Instead, Pogba’s second option would be to suture the lesion, but this could rule him out until 2023, missing France’s World Cup defence in Qatar. Les Bleus kick off their campaign against Australia on November 22.

The 29-year-old will now meet with a specialist to discuss the best course of action with hope that he can return to action prior to the World Cup.

Juventus said in a statement: “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 orthopaedic consultation.

“Therefore, in order to continue treatment, he is not taking part in the trip to Dallas.”

The Daily Mail reports that Juventus may now alter their transfer approach, with Arthur Melo, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey all linked with an exit. One or more player could now be retained to accommodate Pogba’s enforced absence.

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