Manchester United could be on the verge of facing a major midfield breakdown, as Paul Pogba’s injury is likely to turn out to be a long-term one, as it will need around two months of fully recover, reports The Sun.
The Frenchman was in fine form for the Red Devils despite suffering a highly criticised campaign last time around. Pogba scored 2 goals and bagged as many assists in just 4 league appearances, with much help from new arrival Nemanja Matic.
Unfortunately, the club record signing sustained a hamstring injury during his side’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Swiss giants FC Basel, which initially looked like a minor knock.
However, the injury seems to be more severe than previously thought, and the French international could potentially miss out on several crucial games, including the upcoming Manchester derby in early December.
United’s medical staff does not expect a full recovery in less than two months, and the former Juventus man is set to miss their fixtures against London giants Tottenham and Chelsea as well.
As of now, the talented midfielder has been given a strict recovery routine, guided by a running coach, along with a stretching programme.
What makes things worse for the Premier League giants is the fact that Marouane Fellaini, who happens to be one of Jose Mourinho’s favourite players at Old Trafford, could also be out for a large period following the serious ligament damage he suffered during international duty with Belgium.
Nevertheless, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick are expected to take their place alongside Matic. Though the 24-year-old will be thoroughly missed by the Mancunian outfit, the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is expected to reach full match fitness in less than a month, will be a welcoming sight for the Old Trafford faithful.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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