Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that midfielder Paul Pogba could be sidelined for the rest of the month as he requires an operation to rectify his ankle problem.
The Frenchman returned to first-team action after nearly three months during the backend of December and he was able to make second-half appearances against Watford and Newcastle United.
However, the 26-year-old was rested for the Burnley clash last weekend but it was widely predicted that he would return for the crunch Premier League game at Arsenal on New Year’s Day.
That was certainly not the case and following the 2-0 defeat to the Gunners, Solskjaer has acknowledged that Pogba will require a surgery on his ankle for a nagging concern.
“Three or four weeks maybe, I don’t know. He’s been advised to have an operation by his people and he’ll probably do that,” he was quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.
Pogba’s regular injury absence has frustrated a large section of the United fans and it is quite surprising that the decision for a operation has been taken right after his comeback to first-team action.
The midfielder’s future with the club has been a constant point of speculation over the past few months and the trend may continue during the forthcoming weeks, where he is set to remain on the sidelines.
United produced a dismal performance at Arsenal, where they were comfortably beaten by a 2-0 score. The lack of a creative presence in the final third was quite visible as the Gunners backline kept a rare clean sheet.