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World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba could miss the Qatar World Cup, says Juventus coach


Sep-06 15:10 first published at 15:10 PM

Going through surgery Photographer: Reuters On November 22, France will play its first World Cup match against Australia. Following knee surgery, Paul Pogba is a doubt for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. Paul Pogba of France could miss the World Cup in Qatar. In 91 appearances for France, he has 11 goals. The Juventus and France midfielder, 29, suffered the injury in July and has yet to play this season. “We’re hoping to get him back in January,” Allegri told reporters ahead of today’s Champions League match at Paris St Germain. Pogba may not play for Juventus again until January, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri. “He trained for the second time this morning but then stopped, and it was decided that he would have surgery.” Angel Di Maria of Juventus is another new recruit who is injured, and Allegri has stated that the Argentine winger will not be risked. Allegri was unsure whether Pogba would be ready for France’s World Cup defense, saying, “The World Cup is not my problem; Juventus’ problem is that he returns in January.” Pogba was instrumental in France’s World Cup victory in Russia in 2018, scoring in the final against Croatia 4-2 to lift the trophy after a 20-year drought. Pogba decided not to have surgery after injuring his meniscus in training after returning to Juventus from Manchester United in the offseason, but Allegri said circumstances had changed after he tried to train again. “We didn’t want to risk Angel right now because we have a lot of important matches coming up,” he explained. Not worth the risk I haven’t decided on the rest yet.” “Only (Leonardo) Bonucci, (Dusan) Vlahovic, (Adrien) Rabiot, and (Mattia) Perin are certain to play tomorrow night.” Allegri stated that his team would need at least 10 points to advance to the knockout stages, and that PSG is one of the title favorites. “We face an opponent who is among the strongest in Europe, and who I consider a favorite for the final this year,” Allegri said. “Tomorrow will be a good match, and we will undoubtedly strive to play a great game from a technical standpoint.” Juventus and PSG are in Group H of the Champions League, alongside Benfica and Maccabi Haifa.

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