no imminent return for Pogba with Juventus

The first appearance with Juventus this season of Paul Pogba, operated in September on the right knee, is not yet relevant, announced Saturday his coach Massimiliano Allegri, who does not count on the French star for several weeks.

“He cannot be summoned, at the moment he is arrested,” he said at a press conference on the eve of the match against Fiorentina, counting for the 22nd day of Serie A, and five days before the match. reception of FC Nantes in the first leg of the Europa League.

“I’m sorry, but it’s the reality. He is working to return to disposal but at the moment I am not able to tell you when he will be able to return… Maybe within twenty days. We waiting for him, me first, he’s an important player,” added “Max” Allegri.

These not very optimistic remarks seem to record Pogba’s package for the two European matches against Nantes, scheduled for February 16 in Turin and February 23 at La Beaujoire.

Pogba, 29, has not played competitively since April with Manchester United. Returned to Juve last summer, six years after leaving for England, he injured the lateral meniscus of his right knee in July, after a first friendly preparation match. Operated in September, the “Pioche” had also been forfeited for the Mondial-2022 with the Blues.

He had been retained in the Turin group for the match against Monza (0-2), on January 29, but without coming into play. The following week, he had again been hampered in his recovery due to discomfort at a thigh.

“It’s a normal course. The lateral meniscus is very annoying, the knee has to readjust. He’s doing everything possible,” Massimiliano Allegri added of Juve’s star signing.

Central defender and captain Leonardo Bonucci, arrested since December due to a groin injury, will also be absent again on Sunday against Fiorentina but should return on Thursday against Nantes, he said.

Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik, hit in the left thigh at the end of January, is not yet ready.