Manchester United have suffered an injury blow with the news that midfielder Paul Pogba is set for an extended time on the sidelines.
Paul Pogba Set For Extended Time Out as Injury Problems Continue
Midfielder Faces Four Weeks on Sidelines
Pogba has played 13 matches this season having suffered a groin injury while training with France in November.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs.
“A week ago, I was told it would take another four or five weeks,” Interim Red Devils boss Ralf Rangnick said on Friday.
Rangnick added: “He’s not training with the team yet. As far as I know from the medical department, it will last another three weeks, four weeks, and once he is then fit for training it does not necessarily mean he is also match fit.
“It will probably take a couple of weeks before he is really able to compete for the first team.”
United are seventh in the Premier League and face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on February 23.
Pogba had been undergoing rehab work in Dubain when Rangnick was appointed temporary successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he was quickly recalled to Manchester by his new manager.
The United boss has since insisted that injured players must remain in Manchester and make use of the club’s medical facilities during their recovery.
The 28-year-old’s contract is set to run out at the end of the season and he is now able to sign pre-contract terms with clubs overseas during the January transfer window, therefore leaving the Reds on a free transfer in the summer.
Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata will also see their United contracts expire at the end of the campaign.