A day after turning 24, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba got injured in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over FC Rostov on Thursday night and is expected to miss a few weeks at least, according to his manager Jose Mourinho.
Pogba had started in the FA Cup loss to Chelsea on Monday and perhaps playing another game in a span of few days took its toll as he had to be substituted for Marouane Fellaini barely two minutes into the second half.
Chasing an FC Rostov player, the Frenchman pulled up suddenly, clutching his hamstring and Mourinho told reporters in the post-match press conference “ "I don't know how long [he will be out] for sure. But there will be no Middlesbrough and no national team.”
United travel to Middlesbrough on the weekend and to make matters worse, star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will also miss out as he is serving a domestic three-game suspension at the moment.
By national team the Portuguese manager of course means the two games France have to play, the first one a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on March 26 and the second an international friendly against Spain on March 29.
So if one goes by Mourinho’s comments, the world’s most expensive player could target an April 1 return, when Manchester United host West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League.
While United managed to beat the Russians 1-0 on the night (2-1) on aggregate and qualify for the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals thanks to Juan Mata’s winner, they will need their midfield powerhouse back without much delay if they are to win any other trophies this season.