Juventus star Paul Pogba could be forced to MISS the 2022 Qatar World Cup

Juventus star Paul Pogba could be forced to MISS the 2022 Qatar World Cup, as the former Manchester United midfielder jets back to Italy from Serie A giants pre-season tour to visit a specialistJuventus star Paul Pogba could miss the 2022 Qatar World Cup through injuryThe former Manchester United star suffered a knee injury in pre-season trainingPogba has been diagnosed with the lesion of the lateral meniscus in his kneeThe Frenchman was expected to undergo surgery in the United States on tourThe 29-year-old has instead flown back to Italy to visit a specialist consultant 

Paul Pogba will visit a specialist consultation to determine what treatment is needed for his knee injury, as the Juventus midfielder could be forced to miss the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

The former Manchester United star has been diagnosed with the lesion of the lateral meniscus in his right knee after limping off the training field in Los Angeles last week.

The 29-year-old was expected to have surgery while in the United States instead of travelling with the Serie A giants as they continue their pre-season tour.

Paul Pogba has been diagnosed with the lesion of the lateral meniscus in his right knee

The French midfielder was expected to undergo surgery, but has instead flown back to Italy

The French midfielder was expected to undergo surgery, but has instead flown back to Italy

The 2018 World Cup, who only returned to Juve just two weeks ago, has instead flown back to Italy to see a specialist.

There are two potential approaches for his injury and one could see him out on the World Cup with the midfielder being ruled out until 2023, according to La Gazetta dello Sport

One option would be to remove a piece of the meniscus, which would rule Pogba out for 40 to 60 days roughly, but that operation is suited to younger players and could affect his mobility.

Pogba will now visit a specialist before making a decision on what to do with his knee injury

Pogba will now visit a specialist before making a decision on what to do with his knee injury

The 2018 World Cup winner could be sidelined for four to five months, missing the World Cup

The 2018 World Cup winner could be sidelined for four to five months, missing the World Cup

The other option would be to suture the lesion, but that could require a lengthy four to five months on the sidelines, and with the World Cup fast approaching in November and December it would seem unlikely that he could feature for France.

Pogba will now visit a specialist before making a decision on what approach to take with his latest injury.

The Italian giants put out a statement prior to his return to Italy, which read:  ‘Following complaining of pain in his right knee, Paul Pogba underwent radiological examinations that revealed a lesion of the lateral meniscus.

‘In the next few hours he will undergo a specialist orthopedic consultation.

‘Therefore, in order to continue treatment, he is not taking part in the trip to Dallas.’

The former Manchester United star's injury may force Juventus into a rethink over transfers

The former Manchester United star’s injury may force Juventus into a rethink over transfers

Pogba’s injury may also force Juventus into a rethink over their transfer business with a void to fill in midfield.

The Old Lady had been keen to clear the decks, with Adrien Rabiot and Arthur Melo set to depart, after already tearing up the contract of Aaron Ramsey.

However, should the results indicate that Pogba is set for months on the sidelines, the club may opt to keep one of the midfielders.

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