Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has resumed the first phase of training after spending the last two weeks on the sidelines.
The Frenchman suffered a knee problem earlier in the campaign which kept him out of France’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He made a brief comeback in January before picking up another knock.
Pogba is without a competitive appearance dating back to last April when he came off with an injury in the first half of Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.
Since then, he has only played 45 minutes for Juventus in a pre-season friendly which came against CD Guadalajara in July.
However, as the Old Lady prepare to welcome Ligue 1 outfit Nantes to the Allianz Stadium in the first leg of their Europa League clash, Pogba is now closing in on a return to action alongside Juan Cuadrado and Leandro Bonucci.
Having lost Weston McKennie and Denis Zakaria to loan deals to Leeds United and Chelsea respectively, Juventus have been left short in midfield, with just three senior players – Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot and Leandro Paredes – competing for two spots.
This has forced Juventus to turn to youngsters Nicolo Fagioli and Fabio Miretti to make up for their lack of numbers in the centre of the park.
Pogba’s return certainly comes as a massive boost for Juve, who still view the 29-year-old as an important player despite rumours circulating that a contract termination was on the cards.
“We are not planning to terminate Pogba’s contract – I can deny these stories,” Juventus CEO Francesco Calvo said (via the Daily Mail).
“He is an important player for us. The injuries are part of the game, but Paul is training well and we wait for him.”
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