Pogba and McTominay expected to miss United's Spain training camp
Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are both edging closer to returns. But United’s upcoming training camp in Spain comes just too soon.
While players have been on holidays this week, the team are due to convene in Marbella on Saturday.
The Times reports Pogba and McTominay ‘are not expected’ to be present.
This would strongly suggest neither will be available for selection against Chelsea in the Premier League next weekend.
That should not be too much of a surprise, but with McTominay in particular, there are encouraging signs.
Open and closed books
McTominay has spoken in the media several times about his injury recovery.
He is quoted in The Times stating: “I’m feeling good. I’m doing my best to be back on the pitch as soon as I possibly can.”
The Telegraph previously reported McTominay was targeting a return in the third week of February, which could see him available for United’s Europa League second leg against Club Brugge, or the preceding Premier League match with Watford.
As for Pogba, he’s a closed book. Nobody quite knows when he will be back from his ankle injury, if at all.
PremierInjuries.com cite Pogba’s possible return date as the Chelsea game on the 17th. But it’s more guesswork from the original diagnosis of his injury, rather than any firm indication.
This latest update he will miss the Marbella camp makes his return doubtful, and while Pogba would give this side a big boost, based on the silence from the Frenchman, a smart betting man would stick money against him appearing for United at all this month.
Getting it twisted?
The Star claim Pogba has been ‘excluded’ from the training camp, with it said United are simply leaving him to his own devices. There is no mention in their report of McTominay.
In theory it’s possible McTominay travels purely to get to know his new teammates Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes, and be around the group, even if he won’t play a full part.
United may decide it is more valuable for him to do individual work at Carrington. If McTominay misses training camp, along with Pogba, the anti-Pogba headlines will be shown up for what they are.
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