Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that midfielder Paul Pogba's thigh injury, picked up on France international duty, could rule him out for three months.
After limping out of a routine training session, the early fears were that Pogba was facing between eight and ten weeks on the sidelines while he recovers, but that was before United had the chance to look closer at him.
Solskjaer confessed that such a quick return is possible, but he stressed that injuries of this nature usually take a little longer to heal up.
“Yes, I would say it will be [months rather than weeks],” Solskjaer said (via The Times). “It was a disappointing injury for Paul, a disappointing time for him.
“Sometimes you hope and have your fingers crossed for six or seven weeks but the worst case scenario is ten,11, 12 weeks with muscle injuries like this.”
Pogba has travelled to Dubai for his rehab work, posting pictures to update fans on his progress.
Solskjaer continued: “I’m sure Paul is determined to give his best when he comes back. He’s already started his recovery. He has a big mentality and the personality to come back is strong. Hopefully just after Christmas we can see him.”
Just how many more appearances Pogba will make in a United shirt is unclear. The midfielder's contract will expire at the end of the season and he has made a point out of delaying talks to figure out all his options.
As recently revealed by 90min, potential suitors remain unaware of Pogba's ultimate intention and continue to plead their case with agent Mino Raiola to try and win the race for his signature.
Remaining at Old Trafford is a strong possibility, but Pogba is expected to field offers from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid, and his priority is to find the right move for this point in his career.