Jose Mourinho: Paul Pogba will not start against Middlesbrough or play for France

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba will miss out on Manchester United’s trip to Middlesbrough and upcoming games for France after the 24-year-old hobbled off during his side’s 1-0 win over FC Rostov in the Europa League.

The Frenchman pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury after 48 minutes against the Russian side and immediately came off for Marouane Fellaini.

Mourinho confirmed after the full time whistle that Pogba had picked up a ‘muscle injury’ but didn’t offer any further details surrounding the severity of the midfielder’s injury.

He later noted that Pogba’s knock would rule him out of both the clash at the Riverside and upcoming internationals against Luxembourg and Spain later this month.

It had to happen, didn’t it? United’s most expensive player – their main creative driving force in midfield – sidelined right before an April schedule comprising of eight games.

Hamstring injuries are never easy to shake off: Mourinho has already delegated a two week recovery period for Pogba, but one suspects that the Frenchman’s time on the sidelines could extend to more like a month – perhaps even more.

Many suggested that the 24-year-old, following a lethargic display against Chelsea last Monday, could benefit from a rest. Hindsight really is a beautiful thing, isn’t it, Jose?

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