Pogba ‘unlikely’ to play again before World Cup, says Allegri

Pogba ‘unlikely’ to play again before World Cup, says Allegri

Blues midfielder Paul Pogba will probably not play again for Juventus in Turin before the 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18), his coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday.

Due to a knee injury, the French player has not played for Juve since returning to Serie A this summer, and his club side have just five games left before the start of the tournament in Qatar.

“(Federico) Chiesa and Pogba are not in the group. There is no chance that they will be in Wednesday’s group (against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League) and there is a 99% chance that Nor are they available against Inter Milan (Sunday 6 November)” Allegri told reporters.

“If they come back, and it’s very unlikely, they will be available against Verona and Lazio (November 13). But it’s very unlikely.”

No resumption date has been given for the midfielder of the reigning world champion France team, whose first match at the World Cup will take place on November 22 against Australia.

“The only thing that is certain is that I will not take a player who is not able to play at the start of the competition,” Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps told AFP on Tuesday, hoping that Pogba “have playing time before the competition”, because “he is in deficit compared to the others”.

Another Blues player, defender Raphaël Varane, injured in a thigh, will not play again before the tournament in Qatar, his Manchester United coach Erik Ten Hag said on Wednesday.

Deschamps will announce France’s roster for the World Cup on November 9.