Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jose Mourinho dismisses Paul Pogba 12-week injury rumour as 'complete nonsense'

Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and FC Basel at Old Trafford on September 12, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and FC Basel at Old Trafford on September 12, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Simon Peach

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho dismissed the suggestion that Paul Pogba faces 12 weeks out as "completely nonsense" as his hamstring injury is still being assessed.

The 24-year-old led United out as captain for the first time on Tuesday night, but only last 19 minutes of the Champions League opener against Basle due to a hamstring complaint.

Pogba left Old Trafford on crutches and has undergone scans, but Mourinho insists no definitive prognosis has been made on the influential midfielder's absence amid talk of a three-month lay-off.

"I don't know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days," the United boss said after Sunday's 4-0 defeat of Everton.

"Honestly, so any comment, any rumour is totally wrong, because we do not know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days.

"The player was diagnosed initially after the match because of the conditions of the muscle and the bleeding, the decision was one more week to wait and to see really clearly in the scans the dimension of the injury.

"And nobody in the club spoke about 12 days or 12 weeks. Not at all.

"It's a muscular injury in the hamstring, but we have a normal procedure and wait a few more days, so it's completely nonsense information."

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