Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today provided a further update on the fitness of Paul Pogba, ahead of his side’s trip to Wolves.
Wolves vs Man United
The Red Devils are set to get their FA Cup campaign underway tomorrow evening.
United face a tough task in securing their spot in the 4th round, having been drawn away to Wolves in their competition opener.
The Manchester giants were actually ousted from the FA Cup at Molineux last season, at the quarter-final stage.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, meanwhile, will head into proceedings in 24 hours’ time in search of an immediate bounce-back result.
A trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday night eventually saw United brought firmly back down to earth, on the back of two impressive victories on the bounce.
Goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos guided the Gunners to a deserved 2-0 win.
Key to the Red Devils’ disappointing display in north London, meanwhile, was an altogether sub-par showing from the club’s midfield.
While the former had been expected to miss the matchup after picking up a knee issue versus Newcastle, though, there had been hope that Pogba may feature versus Arsenal.
The French international only recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
But, ahead of kick-off on Wednesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Pogba is set for another considerable spell out of action:
‘[Pogba]’s injured. He’s feeling some discomfort in his ankle. He’ll be out for a few weeks.’
‘Not a major one’
On the back of Solskjaer’s admission, it was widely-assumed that Pogba had simply suffered a recurrence of the ankle issue which had confined him to the sidelines for almost 3 months between September and December.
The United boss’ latest update on his side’s star midfielder, though, has revealed otherwise.
When drawn on Pogba’s fitness in his pre-Wolves press conference earlier today, Solskjaer, evidently fed up with discussing the subject of the Frenchman, confirmed that it is in fact a new concern which is bothering Pogba:
‘Here we go again. FA Cup third round and you’re talking about Paul again.’
‘Paul came back after a long spell out, two games, had a reaction, couldn’t go to Burnley, felt his ankle was sore, we did a scan.’
‘And it’s not the same injury. It’s a different injury.’
‘It’s not a major one and probably, as I said, three or four weeks.’
Quotes via Goal