Paul Pogba's Hamstring Injury 'Long Term,' Jose Mourinho Says

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Paul Pogba of ManchesterUnited reacts to being forced off through injury during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and FC Basel at Old Trafford on September 12, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has a "long-term" injury, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday, the Portuguese provided a concerning update on the fitness of the 24-year-old. 

"He's injured," Mourinho said of Pogba. "He cannot play tomorrow. His injury is not one that I can have the hope like I can have with [Antonio] Valencia or [Phil] Jones. With them, I have the hope to see them training and to have a positive answer.

"But with long-term injuries, I don't speak about them, so [Zlatan Ibrahimovic], Pogba, [Marcos] Rojo and these players, I don't think about them."

BBC Sport's Simon Stone offered further details:

Rob Dawson of ESPN FC reported on Saturday that United were poised to make a decision on whether the player needed surgery and that the "lack of a concrete timeline for Pogba's comeback is because United are yet to settle on the best course of action."

Per Dawson, Mourinho also said he was unsure about how long the former Juventus man would be out for, stating Pogba may miss "12 weeks or 12 days." But now it appears there's more clarity over the Frenchman's issues.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Midfielder Paul Pogba #6 and manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United during training for Tour 2017 at UCLA's Drake Stadium July 10, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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As Stone noted after Pogba picked up the issue, his hamstring woes are starting to becoming a little worrying:

Pogba's injury came in the UEFA Champions League win over FC Basel on Sept. 12. It was doubly unfortunate because he had started the Premier League season in wonderful form.

The midfielder was sensational as United coasted to wins over West Ham United, Swansea City and Leicester City in the early weeks of the campaign. His blend of power, panache and purpose gives the Red Devils so much in the central areas of the field; without him, United look a little stifled in attack.

Mourinho has midfield options he can depend on, most notably Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick. But once Pogba is back at full tilt again, he will surely be straight back in the starting XI.