Manchester United are hopeful that Paul Pogba will be ready to return from a hamstring injury before the end of October, according to The Independent.
Friday morning’s report states that the Reds are looking at October 24’s EFL Cup away tie at Swansea City as a potential return for Pogba.
The Frenchman has been unavailable for Man United and France selection since a hamstring injury 19 minutes into his UEFA Champions League debut for the club, having been captaining the side against FC Basel.
That was on September 12, with Pogba out for just over a month now. He could be back within two weeks, a timeline better than some feared.
Jose Mourinho had previously described Pogba’s absence as “long-term” in the same way of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, both of whom are out until December at the earliest with ligament injuries.
The Reds’ medical team were reportedly so concerned with Pogba’s recurring hamstring injuries that they considered sending the 24-year-old to a specialist.
However, his recovery has been good. He’s provided regular updates on social media, videoing himself on a treadmill most recently.
Pogba will miss Saturday’s clash at Anfield against Liverpool, United’s first ‘big’ game of the season.
However, should he return for the Swansea game at the end of October, that would mean United’s key player will be back ready for selection for huge games against Tottenham Hotspur on October 28 and Chelsea on November 5.
Saturday is United’s first genuine test of the Premier League season having had an easy run of fixtures to begin the season, and Pogba will be missed. If he’s back for Spurs and Chelsea, that’s fantastic news.