Paul Pogba is a major doubt for the World Cup – and he could be miss the remainder of the year if he undergoes knee surgery.
The Juventus midfielder was recently diagnosed with a lesion of the lateral meniscus in his right knee after suffering a sprain in pre-season training in America last week.
Instead of undergoing surgery in the US, Pogba flew back to Italy earlier this week to further assess the injury.
And according to La Gazetta dello Sport, the former Manchester United man is currently deciding the best course of action between the two surgery options available to him.
Pogba could opt to remove part of the meniscus and be on the sidelines for about “40-60 days.”
But the potential drawback with that operation is that the mobility of his knee could be compromised as the procedure, in general, works better on younger players.
The second surgery available to the France international is suturing of the lesion.
But he could be sidelined for up to five months should he go down that route – meaning he’d miss Qatar 2022.
Fresh reports in Italy, however, have claimed the injury could keep the midfielder out until early 2023.
It is claimed Pogba will discuss his options with the French national team’s medical team before making a decision.
Pogba, 29, rejoined Juventus earlier this month following the expiration of his contract with Manchester United.
A club statement read: “When we say goodbye, after a wonderful adventure lived together, in a corner of the heart there is always a little hope of seeing each other again, sooner or later.” – SunSport