Ralf Rangnick has admitted that he does not expect to see midfielder Paul Pogba back at Manchester United, who is training for at least another month.
Pogba suffered a groin injury while away on international duty with France in November, and although he has since returned to basic individual training, he is nowhere near an actual return to competition.
So much was confirmed by Rangnick, who told club media that Pogba still has another month of individual work to do before United can even consider taking him back to the first team.
“As far as I know, I was told a week ago that it would take at least another four or five weeks before he is in training again,” Rangnick revealed.
“I saw him this morning before training, he was in the locker room, and I hope he comes back as soon as possible.”
The boss then emphasized that he did not want to set an exact date for Pogba’s potential return and urged fans to be patient with the Frenchman as he approaches three months out of action.
“Right now he has not been part of the training group and even if he was back at any time, two, three or four weeks, it will take some time,” Rangnick continued.
“It’s one thing to be a training fit, but on the other hand he has to be in shape for the match and the competition in either the Premier League or the Champions League and this will still take some time.”
In addition to his fitness, Pogba will have an eye on his long-term future. He is without a contract at the end of the season and is expected to receive offers from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and maybe even Real Madrid if he enters the market.
Pogba’s camp recently spoke out to dismiss allegations that he had been offered a new £ 500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford, insisting that no new proposal has been made in recent months.
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