Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed Paul Pogba will face around three weeks out after picking up a hamstring injury during Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win over FC Rostov.
The French midfielder, criticized for a below par performance in Monday’s 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea, had to pull up early in the second half holding the back of one of his legs.
He then hobbled off the pitch and started to walk straight down the Old Trafford touchline to the tunnel, with Mourinho bring in Marouane Fellaini.
While asked if Pogba would be out for around three weeks, Mourinho replied: “Yeah. I don’t know for sure, but for sure, no Middlesbrough (on Sunday) and no national team.”
The Portuguese boss also believes the injury was due to fatigue. Marcos Rojo was so energy depleted during the match that he called for a banana to be brought on to the pitch.
“We have lots of enemies,” Mourinho said. “Normally it would just be Rostov but we have a lot more.
“It is difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it is difficult to play now, it is difficult to play at 12 o’clock on a Sunday. We will probably lose at Middlesbrough now. Fatigue has a price.”
The score was 0-0 at the time when Pogba left the field and United went on to win 1-0 thanks to Juan Mata’s 70th-minute goal, completing a 2-1 aggregate victory which pushed them into the quarter-finals.
The injury to Pogba, who turned 24 on Wednesday, adds to Mourinho’s latest problems in midfield, with Ander Herrera facing a two-game domestic suspension following his sent off against Chelsea.
Manchester United next face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday in a league fixture with the hosts recently parting company with Mourinho’s former assistant Aitor Karanka.