Manchester United hope to have Paul Pogba back from injury in time for the Manchester derby in three weeks, according to the Sun.
He’s been out with an ankle injury since September’s 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal, and the Frenchman posted a video of his cast being removed on Monday.
The Sun say he’s been working with Man United’s strength and conditioning staff since he had the cast removed and is expected to return to training next Tuesday.
They also claim he’ll take part in practice games with the youth team “shortly” with the view for him to return to play Manchester City on December 7.
A United insider told the newspaper: “Ole wants to reintroduce him off the bench in the game if at all possible.
“He has kept himself pretty fit in terms of his core fitness. He’s always in top shape, to be honest.”
He’s been recovering from the injury in Dubai’s 37 degrees heat for the past month.
Man United need to be careful not to rush Paul Pogba back for the Manchester Derby because that game won’t be one that decides whether they return to Champions League football or not.
Despite City sitting in fourth now, it’s expected that United’s top-four rivals will be Leicester, Chelsea, and perhaps Arsenal and Tottenham, if they get their act together, so bringing him back too soon could be costly.
Bragging rights are important in Manchester, but if Pogba returns too early, he could pick up another injury and face more of the season on the sidelines, and United need him fit.
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Despite only making five appearances in the league this season, he’s joint second on the club’s assist chart with two. He also gives them a powerful aerial presence, winning 2.8 duels per Premier League game, third only to Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot (via WhoScored).
To have him back for the Manchester Derby would be a huge boost, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to make sure he’s fully ready to play minutes and not let the magnitude of the occasion take over his decision making.
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