Paul Pogba told to be ‘good and strong’ after injuring himself taking free kicks

Paul Pogba told to be ‘good and strong’ after injuring himself taking free kicks

Paul Pogba has been told to be “good and strong” by his manager Massimiliano Allegri.

The midfielder has suffered yet another setback to his second coming at Juventus after falling to an adductor injury while practising free kicks.

It perhaps typified a frustrating week for the former Manchester United man, who was dropped for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Freiburg after turning up late for a team meeting.

Pogba injured while taking free kicks

Pogba stole all the headlines last summer when he rejoined Juventus from Man Utd on a four-year deal following the expiration of his contract at Old Trafford.

He had previously won four Serie A titles with the Italian side before making a then world-record £89m transfer to the Red Devils in 2016. The midfielder fell out of favour at Man Utd and chose to return to Turin in July, but the switch has not gone at all to plan for the France international.

Due to various injuries, Pogba has been limited to just 35 minutes of action this season, with knee surgery forcing him to watch on from the sidelines for the majority of the campaign.

Finally returning to the pitch late last month and earlier this month against Torino and Roma, the pathway was looking clear for Pogba to finally get his second coming at Juventus up and running.

But that road has now been blocked once more by injury, with Juventus boss Allegri confirming Pogba’s latest adductor issue has come while the midfielder was practising free kicks. Pogba missed Sunday’s victory over Sampdoria through the problem, with Juventus winning 4-2 to climb to seventh in the Serie A table.

“This morning while he was taking free kicks he felt discomfort in his adductor, he stopped,” Allegri said on Sunday, as per LiveScore.

“Tomorrow we will see the extent of the damage. Tonight he could have given us a hand, but we are waiting for him, it’s a year like this anyway, these things happen in life too. He must be good and strong to get up and want to return to the player he was before.”

Mixed bag for Allegri’s men so far

It’s been a mixed season for Juventus so far, with the lowest point coming in January when the club were docked 15 points for false accounting.

The deduction saw the club fall dramatically down the table, but through determination they have climbed the ranks steadily and are now just nine points off the top four.

As mentioned, the club also remain in Europe, with a trip to Freiburg in their round of 16 second leg up next for the Italians. Allegri’s men are also still in the Coppa Italia, facing Inter in a two-legged fixture next month.


Juventus provide Pogba injury update

Juventus have issued a statement regarding the injury to Pogba, as well as the situation that defender Leonardo Bonucci is currently facing.

“This morning Leonardo Bonucci and Paul Pogba underwent instrumental tests at J|Medical,” a statement from the club read.

“Bonucci suffered a blunt trauma to his left leg and his conditions will be monitored daily, meanwhile Paul Pogba suffered a low-grade tear to his right thigh adductor. He has already started with the rehabilitation process aimed at resuming competitive activity.”

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