RTL Today – Football: Pogba finally operated, his 2022 World Cup on hold

The star of the France team Paul Pogba finally had to have surgery on his right knee on Monday, an intervention which casts a shadow on his participation in the World Cup-2022 at the end of the year.

« This (Monday) evening, Paul Pogba underwent an arthroscopic external meniscectomy and the intervention carried out by Professor Roberto Rossi in the presence of Juventus doctor Luca Stefanini was perfectly successful.« , Juve announced in a statement.

It was Massimiliano Allegri, the coach of the Piedmontese club, who announced earlier in the day on Monday during the press conference on the eve of the clash against PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday that the 2018 world champion would be operate.

« Pogba went out this (Monday) morning to train, but he stopped and decided to have surgery », explained the Italian technician, while specifying that he did not count on the midfielder of here the truce in the Italian Championship, mid-November, because of the World Cup.

The Italian media spoke on Monday of an unavailability of around six to eight weeks, which in theory would allow the 2018 world champion to be able in extremis to be included by Didier Deschamps in the list of Blues.

Pogba, 29, part of Didier Deschamps’ France team crowned world champions in 2018, has been arrested since the end of July due to a « lateral meniscus lesion » in his right knee suffered during the United States tour. United of the Bianconeri.


At the beginning of August, the decision was taken not to operate on the player, at the risk that he would remain handicapped by this injury, in particular to avoid making him miss the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18).

The choice fell on a « conservative therapy » of « five weeks« , comprising a first part in the swimming pool and gymnasium and a second with athletic work on the ground.

« Paul will undergo treatment that will allow him to soon return to the field with Juventus and play in the World Cup. »had then assured the entourage of his agent, Rafaela Pimenta.

Before making this choice, the « Pioche » had taken the opinion of several specialists on the possible treatments and in particular on the necessity or not of a surgical intervention.

The change of strategy and the move to the operating theater was decided on Monday, probably in view of the feelings of the player who has just resumed racing, alone, on the training grounds of the Turin club.

« Paul is an international star, a +fuoriclasse+ (unclassifiable, editor’s note) (…) We miss Paul, I hope he will come back to the field soon“, underlined in a press conference his teammate Leonardo Bonucci.


In the case of a meniscectomy (removal of the damaged part of the meniscus), the duration of his unavailability could amount to two months, which jeopardizes his participation in the World Cup.

Pogba (91 caps, 11 goals) has not played for selection since a demonstration against South Africa (5-0) in a friendly match on March 29.

This new injury is another blow for Pogba, not spared during his last months at Manchester United, returned to revive in a club where he had his best period in club between 2012 and 2016 (four titles of champion of Italy) .

His last season had already ended early in April due to calf discomfort. Before that, he had already missed four months of competition, from November 2021 to February 2022, due to a thigh injury.

Pogba begins this new path of rehabilitation as a family affair broke out eight days ago, against a backdrop of denunciations from the player of « extortion attempts » after a video of his older brother, Mathias, announcing  » great revelations » about Paul. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a judicial investigation on Friday.

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