Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri provides worrying Paul Pogba update
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has provided a worrying fitness update on star midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba's future was one of the main talking points of last season, as fans and journalists alike waited to see if the French World Cup winner would sign a new contract and stay at Manchester United.
Ultimately the 29-year-old decided not to, and so there was much fanfare when he opted to rejoin Juventus ahead of the new season, six years after he left Turin for Manchester.
There was huge anticipation among supporters of the Italian giants about the quality Pogba would bring, but his second stint in Italy has proved to be nothing short of a nightmare.
Pogba joined the club in July on a four-year contract, but just two weeks later injured the meniscus in his knee. The original prognosis was a couple of months on the sidelines, but when it became apparent that he would require surgery the Frenchman was ruled out of the winter World Cup in Qatar.
Pogba is still yet to appear for Juventus this season and make his second debut for the club. It now appears that while he has overcome the knee issue, unspecified injuries are keeping him out of action.
Now not even Pogba's manager Allegri knows when his star midfielder will be available.
"Paul Pogba is not available," Allegri said before Juventus' Serie A clash with Fiorentina this weekend, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.
"He can’t be part of the team, I’m sorry but this is the reality now. He’s still injured and I don’t know when he will be back. I’m waiting for him."
The update is not what fans wanted to hear, especially given that Pogba is likely one of the top earners at the club. With three years left of his contract and having not played in almost 10 months, Pogba's future is more up in the air than anyone could have imagined.
Juventus find themselves languishing in mid-table in Serie A thanks to a 15-point deduction that followed an investigation into their past transfer dealings.
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