Pogba ‘unlikely’ to play before World Cup, says Juve’s Allegri

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Paul Pogba will probably not play for Juventus before the next World Cup, manager Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday.

The France star has not played for Juve since returning to Serie A this summer due to a knee injury, with his team playing just five more times between now and the Qatar tournament.

Juve’s last match of 2022 is against Lazio in Turin on November 13, and Allegri is not convinced he will play before Les Bleus begin their world title defense.

“(Federico) Chiesa and Pogba are not in the call. There is no way they will be picked on Wednesday (against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League) and 99 per cent will not be available for Inter Milan either,” Allegri told reporters.

“If they come back, and it is highly unlikely, they will be available for Verona and Lazio. But it is highly unlikely.”

No date has been made public for the 29-year-old midfielder’s return with Les Bleus’ World Cup opener against Australia on November 22.

France coach Didier Deschamps will name his team for the tournament in Qatar on November 9.

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