Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it will be weeks rather than months that Paul Pogba will be out injured, but gave the Manchester United midfielder a target return date of just after Christmas.
Pogba suffered the injury in training while on international duty with France last week ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Finland.
The midfielder is already unavailable for United’s Premier League game at Watford on Saturday as he completes a three-game ban following his red card against Liverpool on October 24, with Solskjaer forced to try to revive the club’s fortunes without knowing when Pogba will be able to return to action.
“I would say months rather than weeks,” Solskjaer said when asked for Pogba’s return date. “It was a disappointing injury for Paul. I’m not a doctor of course and we can’t say how quickly it will heal.
Sometimes you hope for six or seven weeks and the worst case scenario is 10, 11, 12 weeks with muscle injuries like this. One thing I’m sure of is that Paul is determined to come back and give his best when he comes back and he’s already started that recovery with his own big mentality to come back stronger.
“Hopefully just after Christmas we can see him.”
One solution to fill the Pogba-shaped hole at Old Trafford is Donny van de Beek, who has found first-team football hard to come by since arriving in England in the summer of 2020.