Paul Pogba could be out of action until the end of February as his Manchester United career threatens to fizzle out.
Pogba hasn’t played since the start of November after damaging a thigh muscle in training with France – missing the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial reign, Michael Carrick’s caretaker stint and Ralf Rangnick’s arrival as interim boss.
Pogba returned to Manchester from a warm-weather rehab in Dubai last month following talks with Rangnick who reiterated Solskjaer’s prediction that the midfielder could play again in early January.
However, the German coach has now revealed that it could be another four weeks before Pogba can resume full training and then another fortnight until he is match-fit.
‘A week ago I was told it would take another four or five weeks’, said Rangnick. ‘I’ve seen him this morning before the training session but currently I don’t know how long it will take’.
‘He’s not training with the team yet. As far as I know from the medical department, it will last another three weeks or four weeks, and once he is then fit for training it does not necessarily mean he is also match fit. It will probably take a couple of weeks before he is really able to compete for the first team’.
‘It’s one thing to be training fit but, on the other hand, he needs to be fit for the match and competition in either the Premier League or the Champions League and this will still take some time’.