Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will not be present for the French national team when the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup begins in Qatar in November, as he has been ruled out because of injury.
The 29 year-old’s agent Rafaela Pimenta revealed in a statement: “Following yesterday and today’s medical review in Torino and Pittsburgh, it is extremely painful to inform Paul Pogba will still need recovery time from his surgery. For this reason, Paul will not be able to join Juventus’ squad before the World Cup break nor the French National Team in Qatar.”
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri had already said on Friday that it was “very unlikely” that the midfielder would play for his team, before the Serie A goes on break for the Mundial. Italian media reported earlier on Monday that Pogba could be out for around 15 days with a thigh injury.
Pogba has not featured for the Old Lady since re-signing from Manchester United in the summer, hurting the meniscus in his right knee in July. He initially elected not to go under the knife, in a bid to make the Qatar tournament which kicks off on 20th November.
However, after returning to training early last month, Pogba changed his mind and opted for surgery, which kept him on the sidelines until two weeks ago when he resumed partial training with Juventus.