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Paul Pogba will only play for Juventus in January as the midfielder has to undergo knee surgery

Paul Pogba WILL undergo knee surgery for his meniscus injury, putting the French midfielder in doubt for this year’s World Cup in Qatar as Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says he will ‘realistically bring him back in January’.

  • Paul Pogba has to undergo knee surgery to fix a meniscus problem
  • Juventus boss Max Allegri says Pogba will not be available to him until January
  • Pogba’s injury could affect his chances of qualifying for this year’s World Cup

Paul Pogba is set to remain on the touchline for an extended period of time after Juventus confirmed the midfielder will undergo knee surgery.

Pogba returned to Juventus this summer after leaving Manchester United but suffered a meniscus injury in pre-season.

Juventus manager Max Allegri revealed that Pogba is unlikely to play for his team until January.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is expected to be absent for an extended period as he undergoes knee surgery

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is expected to be absent for an extended period as he undergoes knee surgery

Pogba returned to training for the second time on Monday but failed to complete the session.

Allegri said: “This morning Paul Pogba trained for the second time but then stopped and then it was decided that he would have to have an operation. We’ll realistically get him back in January.’

Pogba’s absence raises doubts as to whether he can represent France at the World Cup in Qatar, which takes place between November 20 and December 18.

Juventus manager Max Allegri revealed that Pogba is unlikely to play for Juventus until January

Juventus manager Max Allegri revealed that Pogba is unlikely to play for Juventus until January

Pogba's injury could affect his chances of participating in the World Cup, which starts in November

Pogba’s injury could affect his chances of participating in the World Cup, which starts in November

Towards the end of his time at United, Pogba was frustrated with injury problems – he struggled with calf and hamstring problems last season.

This latest setback is a major blow for Pogba, who is trying to regain consistency after his difficulties at United.

During his first spell at Juventus between 2012 and 2016, Pogba made 178 appearances for Juventus, scoring 34 goals.

Pogba won four Serie A titles as well as two Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana.

Should Pogba miss the World Cup, it would be a blow for the 29-year-old, who helped his country win the last edition of the tournament in 2018.

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