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Man Utd player Paul Pogba is still sidelined through injury and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about him.
Pogba is sidelined until mid-February at the earliest with a new ankle injury and highest scorer Marcus Rashford is out for two months with a double stress fracture to the back.
Rashford tweeted after his injury was confirmed: “On the pitch or not, @ManUtd fans don’t get much bigger than me. You best believe I’ll be involved in team meetings, team huddles and team sessions throughout this recovery.”
Pogba has been pilloried by sections of the United fanbase over his off-pitch activity during his lay-off. Pogba attended his brother Florentin’s wedding in Bussy-Saint-Georges, Paris, last month, having spent time in Dubai at the start of October and Miami in November and was also in attendance at the Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.
United clarified Pogba had permission to travel to France for his brother’s marriage but, hours after Solskjaer said Pogba had been struck down ill, the World Cup winner uploaded several clips of him dancing at his sibling’s reception.
“At the moment he’s been having loads of treatment,” Solskjaer said of Rashford. “So he might be in meeting today or tomorrow who knows. Marcus is a genuine Man United supporter and he wants us to do well and wants to help. He’s at the games.”
When Solskjaer was asked about Pogba’s possible presence, he added: “We all want this to go well and all we’ve all got different ways of showing how much we care.”
Pogba could make his comeback against Chelsea on February 17 – United’s first fixture after their 16-day winter break. The France international has started six times for United this term and made two substitute appearances.