Paul Pogba's injury woes continue as the French midfielder has been dealt another blow with a thigh injury, forcing him out of action for an estimated two to three weeks.
Juventus confirmed the news on Monday after conducting tests following Pogba's premature exit during Sunday's match against Cremonese, which marked his first competitive start of the season.
In the 23rd minute of the game, Pogba experienced immediate discomfort and was visibly distressed, concealing his face under his shirt as he left the field. Subsequent medical examinations at Juventus' medical centre revealed a right femoral muscle injury in his left thigh, a setback that typically requires a recovery period of around 15 to 20 days, according to a club source.
With Juventus' last Serie A match scheduled against Udinese in 20 days' time on June 4, Pogba could potentially return for the game. The timeline also suggests that he might regain fitness in time for France's Euro 2024 qualifiers, set to take place on June 16 against Gibraltar and on June 19 against Greece.
This latest injury setback follows Pogba's troubled season, which began with his return to Juventus from Manchester United last summer. Initially, he opted against surgery in an attempt to be available for the World Cup in Qatar.
However, despite later changing his decision, Pogba failed to recover in time to represent France, who ultimately lost their status as world champions in a captivating final against Argentina.
Pogba made his comeback to club action at the end of February but suffered another setback, this time with a right thigh injury, after making two brief substitute appearances. Despite brief cameo appearances off the bench in April, he finally earned a starting position on Sunday, only for his hopes to be dashed by the unfortunate thigh injury.