Paul Pogba suffers another injury: Is it time for Juventus to give up on the Frenchman?

Paul Pogba impressed off the bench for Juventus against Empoli, even having a fine strike ruled out. But the Frenchman ended the game injured again, so at what point do the Old Lady say enough is enough and move him on?

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The 2022/23 season was supposed to be one of rebirth for Paul Pogba as he rejoined Juventus. But the Frenchman was met with the same old problems and injury, once again, plagued his season and Serie A comeback.

Pogba worked hard over the summer to prove to Massimiliano Allegri that he would be fit for the 2023/24 Serie A season, but after just three matchdays and fewer than 60 minutes played, the midfielder is injured again. Having come off the bench in their 2-0 win at Empoli on Matchday 3, Pogba impressed; he had a fine goal ruled out, but he ended the game having picked up a knock that had the Bianconeri concerned immediately after the final whistle.

In Juventusstatement confirming Pogba‘s latest injury, they revealed that “diagnostic tests excluded muscle injuries and highlighted a slight overload of the semimembranosus muscle of the right thigh,” meaning he will be back in action after a few days of rest. However, after barely any football the midfielder is already overloading his body, which could be interpreted as a worrying sign for Allegri.

The fear for the Old Lady now is – How long does Pogba have before another major injury occurs?

As reported by La Repubblica, Juventus have tried different solutions to the conundrum they find themselves in, yet whatever they do, Pogba‘s problems persist.

The midfielder isn’t and may never be the same player as when he left Turin in 2016. 

At what point do Juventus give up on Paul Pogba?

Juventus’ Paul Pogba and Cristiano Giuntoli. (@juventusfc)

Without a doubt, Paul Pogba can be the difference between a phenomenal season and another disappointing campaign. The Frenchman has proven countless times that he is more than just a moments player. He is a dominant player when at his best, and one who oozes class to an extent that few others can match. 

Now, though, the Bianconeri are struggling to get more than 30 minutes a week out of the 30-year-old.

The Frenchman is not only the highest-paid player at the club but also in Serie A, earning €8 million per season. He has an expensive contract, and more than a year into his return to Turin, Juventus have little to show for it. Although the Old Lady received bids over the 2023 summer transfer window for the player, none were accepted. Both Pogba and the club hoped, and hope, he could relaunch his career in 2023/24.

Juventus’ Paul Pogba. (@juventusfcen)

However, the former Manchester United midfielder is already struggling, and Juventus are surely concerned.

With Saudi Arabian clubs ready to spend big on just about anybody, questions may be asked of Juventus‘ commitment to seeing Pogba get back to his best when the January transfer window opens.

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