Ander Herrera has revealed what Paul Pogba told him about his injury following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over FC Rostov in the Europa League, noting that the Frenchman was positive about returning to action soon.
The Frenchman pulled up after 47 minutes against the Russian side with what looked like a hamstring injury and immediately went down the tunnel.
Jose Mourinho, speaking after the game, confirmed that Pogba had picked up a “muscular injury” and would miss Sunday’s clash with Middlesbrough alongside upcoming internationals against Luxembourg and Spain.
But Herrera, when asked about the 24-year-old’s knock, told MUTV that Pogba – as well as Daley Blind, also forced off in the second half – was relaxed about the nature of his injury.
“I’ve asked Paul and he was quite positive. He thought it was not so big, the injury, so hopefully the injury is not very big because Paul is important for us.”
Hamstring injuries would definitely rank high in the list of ‘least favourite afflictions’ for footballers. They have proven to be one of those afflictions that seem to drag on, always keeping a player out for yet another game, mainly because of the volatility and likelihood of relapses.
But you sense that Pogba, of all people, would never languish in his own misfortune. The Frenchman is in prime physical condition and, perhaps more importantly, never fails to espouse a positive mindset, and supporters will hope to see him return in time for a congested April schedule.