Jose Mourinho provides Paul Pogba injury update ahead of Crystal Palace clash

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury is of a “long term” nature and noted that Phil Jones and Michael Carrick would miss the clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Pogba suffered a hamstring injury against FC Basel and it was initially thought that the Frenchman would be out for four to six weeks.

However, a recent report from the Telegraph has claimed that the Frenchman may not be ready to return until after the November international break.

And Mourinho, speaking ahead of the clash with Crystal Palace, has confirmed that Pogba’s injury is “long term” in similar fashion to Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“His injury is not one that I can have the hope like I can have with Valencia or Jones,” he said. “With them, I have the hope to see them training and to have a positive answer [on their availability soon]. But with long-term injuries, I don’t speak about them, so Ibra, Pogba, Rojo and these players, I don’t think about them.”

It should be noted that “long term”, in this case, does not mean sidelined until December like Rojo or Zlatan, but rather that Pogba, unlike Fellaini, has absolutely no chance of recovering in time for tomorrow’s game.

The exact length of Pogba’s absence is still unknown, but Mourinho’s latest comments hardly point towards a recovery being just around the corner, meaning he could be out for the visit to Anfield and possibly even for the whole of October.

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