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World Cup concern for France as Juventus confirm Pogba to undergo surgery

The 29-year-old is set for an extended spell on the sidelines

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has, on Monday, provided an update on the wellbeing of sidelined midfielder Paul Pogba.

And the news has proven of an alarming nature for not only his club, but country, too.

For those not aware, Pogba, who swapped Manchester for Turin for the 2nd time in his career this past summer, has not yet stepped foot back on the pitch in Bianconeri colours.

This comes owing to a meniscus injury picked up by the French international during pre-season.

At the time of the extent of Pogba’s injury being unveiled, it was confirmed by multiple sources that the 29-year-old had turned down the option to undergo surgery, to instead allow his knee time to heal in a natural manner.

This, of course, comes with the World Cup due to take place later this year, and Pogba desperate to avoid an extended spell on the sidelines.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s upcoming showdown with Paris Saint-Germain, Max Allegri was this evening asked for an update on Pogba’s wellbeing.

And the Italian tactician’s response proved an altogether concerning one.

This came as Allegri confirmed that “we will get Paul Pogba back in January.”

Such a statement, in turn, gave rise to inevitable questions surrounding the midfielder’s potential participation at the World Cup.

France are of course primed to kick the defence of their champion status into gear in November, as part of the first-ever winter World Cup.

And Pogba, for his part, had been expected to play a central role.

Allegri, though, opted to remain non-committal on the subject, adding that “whether he plays the World Cup or not is not my problem.”

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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