Pogba’s ‘special status’ could see ex-Man Utd star make World Cup despite injury

Paul Pogba's "special status" could see him named in France's World Cup squad even if he is not up to fitness.

That is according to French publication L'Equipe, who claim that the Manchester United flop could return to action with Juventus just ten days before the start of the Qatar tournament. Pogba is currently out injured after undergoing surgery on a knee injury he picked up during pre-season training in July.

The 29-year-old initially wanted to avoid going under the knife and opted for a shorter but riskier treatment. However, Pogba quickly changed his mind after testing his knee in training.

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He underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to be out of action for two months. The man in charge of the operation, professor Roberto Rossi, believes Pogba should have come in for surgery sooner. He said, via The Athletic: "He was wrong not to have an operation immediately, not having an operation immediately made the injury worse."

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The Qatar World Cup is due to get underway ten days after Pogba's expected return. Ordinarily, that might kibosh his hopes for the tournament, but Didier Deschamps reportedly sees him as important to the group's dynamics and could include him in his 26-man squad, even if he is not fully fit.

Nevertheless, feeling remains that Pogba should have opted for surgery sooner. Juventus’ managing director, Maurizio Arivabene said: "Paul knew what our opinion was, but we respected his. It is not the best situation for anyone, but now we can only hope that he will return as soon as possible.

"I don’t want to look to the past or create controversy, also because the decision was made together. But we are in a situation that is not ideal for us or for him.

"This conservative therapy was attempted and today, of course, we are not in an ideal situation, neither for us nor for him. However, we must look ahead and hope for a quick return. There is talk of a return for the World Cup, I sincerely wish the French national team to be well, but I am interested in Juventus and, therefore, I hope that he will return as soon as possible to help us."

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