Pogba re­sponds to ru­mours over ‘fake’ in­jury

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

UNITED mid­fielder Paul Pogba has posted a fit­ness up­date amid claims he is fak­ing his in­jury.

The French mid­fielder has fea­tured in just two of the Reds’ last 14 games due to an an­kle in­jury he sus­tained in the 1-1 draw with Southamp­ton at the end of Au­gust.

Re­cent re­ports in Spain have sug­gested Pogba could be fak­ing his in­jury in or­der to push through a Jan­uary trans­fer move to Real Madrid.

A num­ber of Span­ish out­lets, in­clud­ing ra­dio sta­tion COPE, sug­gested on Mon­day that the World Cup win­ner was ac­tu­ally fit to play but re­fus­ing to fea­ture in or­der to force a trans­fer in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

How­ever, the French in­ter­na­tional posted a timely in­jury up­date on so­cial me­dia on Mon­day af­ter­noon when he up­loaded footage of his right an­kle in sup­port­ive strap­ping.

Pogba had a cast re­moved from his an­kle two weeks ago and trav­elled to Amer­ica over the in­ter­na­tional break in or­der to step up his re­cov­ery from in­jury.

Man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer con­firmed he ex­pects Pogba to re­turn in early De­cem­ber, with United set to face both Tot­ten­ham and City in the Premier League next week.

Speak­ing be­fore the Sh­effield United game last week, Sol­sk­jaer said: “He’s im­prov­ing. Ob­vi­ously when you’re in a cast for that long you do lose your mus­cle and grad­u­ally you have to step it up.

“He’s not started on his foot­ball work yet and it will still be a lit­tle while be­fore we see him.”

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