- Paul Pogba has been out injured since September with a hamstring problem
- Man Utd will be desperate to see him return to bolster their midfield
- Newcastle game will ‘come too soon’ for the French international
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There’s no question that Man Utd have missed Paul Pogba’s presence in midfield in recent weeks, but they could reportedly be set for a boost sooner rather than later.
The 24-year-old has been sidelined with a hamstring injury that he suffered against Basel in the Champions League on September 12.
To make the injury setback worse, the French international had started the campaign in fine form, with two goals and two assists in four Premier League outings as he looked to kick on this year and really take up a leading role under Jose Mourinho.
However, the injury has pushed that back and it’s been a costly absence as without Pogba’s commanding presence as a powerful driving force in the Man Utd midfield, they’ve slipped eight points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and they haven’t been as convincing.
While that doesn’t reflect well on Mourinho’s depth, that’s a different matter altogether as ultimately the Red Devils have been without one of their top players for 12 games now and so naturally they would have felt his absence.
According to The Telegraph though, Pogba is continuing his recovery as he steps up his progress gradually from returning to Carrington before training with the group, but this weekend’s encounter with Newcastle United may be too much of a risk for him.
The last thing Man Utd want to do is to rush him back and aggravate the problem and risk being left without him for another few weeks, and so Mourinho especially will want to be 100 percent certain that Pogba has fully recovered before he welcomes him back into the fold as he has certainly missed what he offers his team over the last two months.