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Paul Pogba to have a prolonged spell on the sidelines through injury?

Paul Pogba could be on the sidelines with a hamstring injury for a period of up to six weeks according to reports by the BBC on Wednesday evening. The report suggests that the French midfielder could be out of action for between a month and six weeks which would see him miss many crucial matches for United during that time, including the Premier League clash with Liverpool, is the reports are correct. United and Jose Mourinho has not confirmed anything and the manager may not say anything until Friday when he is due to sit in front of the media ahead of the Premier League clash with Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.

It is a blow for United, but with Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, and Nemanja Matic still left, along with Scott McTominay who has been promoted to the first team this season, United are not exactly at bare bones at this stage of the season. The BBC has stated that Pogba, 24, had a private scan after his suspected hamstring injury on Wednesday which has reportedly given Mourinho and the club some bad news with the level of the injury received by the player. Friday’s update will see United’s eager fan base hope the initial reports are incorrect, as has been the case over the years, but the injury looked like a bad one, especially with the player leaving the Theatre of Dreams on crutches on Tuesday evening.

Pogba will likely miss matches against Everton, Burton Albion, Southampton, CSKA Moscow, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and possibly Benfica, Huddersfield Town and maybe even Tottenham Hotspur for United. During the next international break at the start of October, Pogba will miss matches for France against Bulgaria and Belarus which the country will need to win in order to guarantee a place in the FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer. Pogba will return with more determination to be the player he was tipped to be but seems to get criticised by anyone and everyone all because he plays for Manchester United. The level of criticism he gets would not be the same if he played for Manchester City, Chelsea or another team who wanted him and did not get him.

The Daily Mail have gave more information on the scan Pogba had at United Aon Training Complex on Wednesday, the clubs state of the art medical complex which has facilities of all the top hospitals where United hope to treat their injured stars, keeping their progress behind closed doors with no prying eyes. This is the second hamstring problem Pogba has suffered in the past six months, which could suggest an underlying problem with the player, or just one of those things, which is more likely. United teammate Marcus Rashford had previously stated the following of Pogba’s injury, suggesting he will be missed in the matches he will be out of action for.

“Paul’s going to be a massive miss and hopefully we can get him back fit as soon as possible.

“That’s why you have such a strong squad. It’s good for the manager, it’s good for the players as well because we’re always playing for competition.”

Pogba’s absence in the squad could open the door for Ander Herrera who was not involved in the opening three matches of the Premier League season and was ousted from the squad for the Champions League opener against Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. Herrera was the Manchester United Player of the Year for last season and to see him fall into the role of a player sitting on the sidelines waiting for a chance will be hard to take for many, but Mourinho will have done so for a very good reason and his performance against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup was questionable at best, as was his performance against Stoke City at the weekend.

I am sure Friday will show the extent of the injury which Pogba has suffered this week, which will either give the lad a two-week rest as first feared, a four-week (plus) rehabilitation or he could be back in action against Everton, which would be against all odds but stranger things have happened in football. Mourinho will have a plan for whatever happens and with the form Marouane Fellaini is in right now, him being involved in the starting XI against his former side at Old Trafford on Sunday would be expected, although Herrera could also be given the chance after Fellaini played almost all of the match against Basel on Tuesday, replacing Pogba in the 19th minute of the match. Scott McTominay could see himself involved with the Frenchman in the sidelines, but Burton Albion on Wednesday would be a match more likely for the 20-year-old Lancastrian.

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