Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Paul Pogba will be welcomed back into first-team training next week, after making a full healing from a serious ankle injury.
Pogba has not played for the Red Devils since coming on as a replacement during a 4-1 domestic victory over Newcastle December 26, and underwent surgery on the niggling difficulty in January.
The World Cup winner has only featured in eight matches throughout all competitions this season, with his remaining start coming against Arsenal way back in September.
Questions have been asked over the 26-year-old’s future in current weeks, as Real Madrid and Juventus continue to be linked with summer moves for a player who has much less than 18 months left to run on his current contract at Old Trafford.
It has been advised that Pogba may also have already played his final game for United, however Solskjaer is looking ahead to him back on the pitch simply in time for the business end of the campaign to get underway.
The Norwegian told a press conference on Wednesday: “Paul’s nonetheless working with the physios outside. He won’t be training with the first-team until next week, so then let’s see how long that will take. But he’ll need some time to train, to get his call it football fitness back.”
Solskjaer also confirmed that United will possibly be without summer signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan Bissaka for an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Derby at Pride Park on Thursday.
He said: “(Daniel James) he’ll possibly miss out on this one as well, Marcus [Rashford] and Paul nonetheless out and I assume Aaron may be struggling, received a test today however he struggled in our remaining game towards Everton with his back, so he may be out.”