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Juventus: Allegri offers concerning update on Pogba recovery

Paul Pogba at Juventus
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The French midfielder is yet to make his first appearance for Juventus since returning to the club in the summer.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed Paul Pogba is not close to regaining his full fitness.

Pogba picked up a knee injury in his first pre-season appearance for Juve in the summer. The midfielder underwent surgery shortly afterwards, missing out on France‘s World Cup campaign.

A number of Italian outlets claimed Pogba would make his comeback right after the World Cup break. But Allegri has admitted the Frenchman needs more time to return to team training.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: “Paul still hasn’t been consistent in training, so I cannot say when he’ll be back. 

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“This is the truth and it’s important to say that, otherwise every day we’ll get these questions on how Pogba’s recovery is going. He hasn’t yet started running in training.”

Federico Chiesa, who is also returning from a long-term injury, was expected to make his comeback in Juventus’ friendly match against Arsenal on Saturday.

However, an injury setback in training kept the Italy international out of the game. Allegri believes the new problem is not a re-aggravation of Chiesa’s ACL issue.

Allegri added: “Chiesa had a muscular issue. But that’s normal when stepping up the intensity after such a long injury lay-off and we preferred not to risk him. He’ll be ready for December 27.”