Specialists to decide on whether to operate on Paul Pogba’s injury next week – report

by Leo Nieboer

Finish sports medicine surgeon Dr Sakari Brava will make a decision on whether to operate on Paul Pogba’s hamstring next week.

The Frenchman limped out of Manchester United’s 3-0 win over FC Basel after just 16 minutes earlier this month and left Old Trafford on crutches.

Initial reports claimed that Pogba could miss up to six weeks of action, but Jose Mourinho has stressed that the exact severity of the 24-year-old’s injury is still unknown.

And Dr Orava, who operated on Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele’s hamstring, has noted that surgery could be an option – but not an imperative – for Pogba.

“His injury is a little different to [Ousmane] Dembele because he can heal without surgery,” he said. “A decision will be taken next week.

“This kind of problem is usually a sum of many coincidences and is affected by muscle fatigue as well as rapid stopping and quick turning, with the brain going quicker than the feet.”

There are, it seems, more questions than answers when it comes to the nature of Pogba’s injury, but one thing we can gauge from Orava’s quotes is that his affliction is less serious than the one sustained by Dembele earlier this month, which thankfully puts an end to any erroneous murmurs of a possible three month spell on the sidelines.

Going under the knife correlates with a longer period away from action, however, and supporters will just hope that Pogba makes sufficient progress in his rehabilitation over the next week for Orava to deem any surgery unnecessary.

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