Pogba sidelined for Juventus until May

The midfielder has been ruled out for 50 days with a hamstring injury, the Serie A champions have confirmed, meaning he will miss crucial clashes in April

Juventus have been dealt a blow to their European and domestic trophy hopes as midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out with a hamstring injury until May.

The 22-year-old has been a key part of the Bianconeri’s incredible Serie A record in 2014-15 – they are 14 points clear and look certain to wrap up the Scudetto over the coming weeks.

With Champions League clashes and a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg at Fiorentina to come in the next month, however, Pogba’s absence could hit their hopes of winning the treble hard before he returns for the final few matches of the season.

The France international limped off as Massimiliano Allegri’s men breezed past Borussia Dortmund in the last-16 second leg and there were fears that a moderate spell on the sidelines could be on the cards.

Those fears have proven to be justified and Juventus – who signed Pogba as a teenager on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012 – revealed the extent of his injury on Thursday.

“Paul Pogba, who was brought off during the first half of Dortmund-Juventus, has been medically examined,” a statement on the club’s website reads.

“Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the initial suspicion of a second-degree injury to Pogba’s right hamstring. The recovery schedule for the midfielder is due to take 50 days.”

If Juventus’ timeline is accurate, Pogba will be fit to feature in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals should they reach the last four, although he is unlikely to be approaching full fitness until the middle of May.

Source: Goal.com