Paul Pogba has been ordered by medical staff at Manchester United to stop playing basketball in his free time in order to prevent further muscle problems.
The Frenchman, having claimed two goals and two assists in Man United’s opening four Premier League games, limped off with a hamstring injury against FC Basel and could be out of action until after the November international break.
Jose Mourinho later blamed Pogba’s decision to go against club advice by hiring a personal trainer and engaging in a private fitness regime as the reason behind his injury, which reared its head at times last season.
And according to The Sun’s Rob Maul, Pogba has now been told that playing basketball would create further muscle strains and put his ankles and knees under risk of dangerous stress impact.
Pogba never wants to stop. If the Frenchman isn’t busy dictating games in midfield, you can find him dancing, running around, pranking teammates and, of course, landing slam dunks. This has always been his nature: always on the move and bursting with energy.
And thwarting Pogba’s ability to do just that – to be himself, really – feels harsh, almost like a violation. But in football you have to make sacrifices. You have to suffer to be the best.
It will be a bitter pill for the midfielder to swallow, but he will benefit in the long run.