Newcastle game comes too soon for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba will not play against Newcastle United on Saturday as originally hoped, according to reports.
The Manchester United playmaker has sat out nine weeks due to injury and has been sorely missed by his side.
Pogba has been sidelined for 12 games and has seen his team’s creativity drop off significantly in his absence.
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The goals from Romelu Lukaku has also dried up as United have struggled to find a new provider for their star striker.
The Telegraph claim United will not risk Pogba against Newcastle as the Manchester club continue to fret over his injury woes.
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
Newcastle United (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Basel (A) – Wed 22 Nov (Champions League)
Brighton (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Watford (A) – Tue 28 Nov
Arsenal (A) – Sat Dec 2
CSKA Moscow (H) – Tues Dec 5 (Champions League)
Manchester City (H) – Sun Dec 10
West Bromwich Albion (A) – Sun Dec 17
Bristol City (A) – Wed Dec 20 (EFL Cup)
Leicester City (A) – Sat Dec 23
Burnley (H) – Tues Dec 26
Southampton (H) – Sat Dec 30
Pogba suffered a tear in his left hamstring against Basel in September and the United medical team fear Saturday’s game is too soon to throw the France international back into action.
The 24-year-old is back at United’s training base in Carrington and running regularly after spending several weeks in Miami recovering.
Pogba told his France team-mates he would be ‘back soon’ after he traveled to Cardiff to watch them beat Wales last Friday.
An eight point gap has opened up between United and Premier League leaders, Manchester City.
United have been pegged back by costly defeats to Huddersfield and most recently, Chelsea.
The visit of Newcastle represents a chance for Jose Mourinho and his side to reaffirm their title credentials, but they will most likely have to do that without Pogba.