Paul Pogba has endured a season to forget at Manchester United.
The France World Cup winner has been sidelined for much of the campaign with two separate foot problems and there has been constant speculation about where he will be playing football next season.
His failure to return to action has lead to much criticism with the 27-year-old also been constantly linked with an exit from Old Trafford.
Pogba and his club insist his injury issues are the only reason for him not playing and there is nothing more sinister behind his absence.
The Premier League being put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic has been beneficial to Pogba as he should now be able to return when action gets back underway.
How did Paul Pogba get injured?
In the aftermath of United’s draw with Southampton on August 31, it was revealed that Pogba had sustained an ankle injury.
He was out for an initial three weeks and played two further games in late September but complications with that problem and his rehabilitation saw him sidelined again.
He played two more games around the Christmas period but after playing 45 minutes against Newcastle on Boxing Day, he has been out ever since.
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When will Paul Pogba be back?
Pogba was almost ready to return before the league went into lockdown.
He has been regaining his fitness over recent weeks and should be able to make his comeback whenever football recommences.
The midfielder has obviously not been able to play in any warm-up matches so it may take time to get him back up to full speed.
United can be cautious with him as Euro 2020 has been postponed until next summer.
What has been said?
Pogba said earlier this month: “I’m already training and touching the ball.
“I’ve been frustrated, a long time ago. Now I’m almost there, so I’m just thinking about getting back and training fully with the team and everything.
“You think bad but I’ve never had something like this in my career, so I always take it in a good way. It makes me more hungry to come back and do well. And, yeah, it just shows me as well how much I love football.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in February: “Paul knows he has to work hard to get back to his best. He has been out now for so long now, it’s a challenge to get back into shape.
“I’d like to say that as soon as he gets fit, he’ll be good enough to play for the team. I’m sure Paul’s desperate to play for us again.
“Paul is still on his recovery programme. He’s taken off his cast and started running on the treadmill now, so he’s getting closer. It’s been a long haul. Hopefully we’ll see him back soon.”