Paul Pogba sends message after returning to training sporting new haircut
Paul Pogba was a surprise participant in Manchester United’s training session on Monday.
The Frenchman has not been seen since early November, when a combination of suspension and injury ruled him out.
After a longer than expected lay-off, Pogba is back at Carrington with his teammates.
He was seen sporting a new haircut as he celebrated being part of a winning training group along with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pogba wrote: “Happy to be back with the lads”, after previous only being involved in individual sessions at Carrington while injured.
When will Paul Pogba return?
United have two matches this week, away at Brentford and then at home to West Ham.
But we would suggest don’t get over excited about Pogba making an immediate comeback, at least before Ralf Rangnick holds his press conference on Tuesday.
The best we can hope for is Pogba being on the bench, and even this may be a big stretch.
Rangnick has been cautious about projecting Pogba’s return, and then insisting the midfielder must adjust to his way of playing.
Speaking on January 8, Rangnick told the club website: “As far as I know, I was told a week ago, it would be a minimum of at least another four or five weeks before he is fit for training again.
“I saw him this morning before the training session, he was in the locker room, and I hope he will be back as soon as possible.
“Right now, he’s not been part of the training group and, even if he was back whenever, two, three or four weeks, it will take some time.
“It’s one thing to be training fit but, on the other hand, he needs to be fit for the match and competition in either the Premier League or the Champions League and this will still take some time.”
United’s desperation for wins in a big week could see Pogba fast-tracked, but Rangnick is likely to take a more long-term view. It is up to Pogba to impress him and show he is a lot more ready than the interim boss anticipated.
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