Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that Paul Pogba’s chances of a recovery ahead of the World Cup were always ‘slim’ once the French midfielder chose not to undergo surgery in pre-season.

Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday that Pogba has been suffering from a fresh thigh problem and will be on the sidelines for at least another three weeks, blighting his chances of a return ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder, who has been out with a troubling meniscus injury since pre-season, has yet to feature for Juventus after re-joining the club on a free transfer this summer.

Pogba visited a specialist in August and was convinced not to undergo surgery in the hope of returning for Juventus by mid-September.

Allegri, who is under pressure at Juventus after their Champions League exit and uncharacteristically poor start to the Serie A campaign, admitted he has yet to speak with the 29-year-old since the latest injury setback.

‘Not yet,’ he said ahead of Juventus’ match against PSG on Wednesday. ‘I spoke to him earlier. It’s pointless repeating what has already been said.

‘Once the decision was made not to have surgery at the start of the season, it was normal that hopes that he could return with Juventus and France were slim.

‘He’s sorry for Juventus and the World Cup, it’s normal, we were penalised for not having him available.’

Pogba played a pivotal role during France’s World Cup triumph in 2018, scoring in the final against Croatia.

The reigning champions will be without both Pogba and N’Golo Kante in the engine room, as the Chelsea star was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this month with a hamstring injury.


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