Sun 18 December 2022 | 9:28

Allegri: I can't say when Pogba will be back

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says he do not know when Paul Pogba will return from injury.


returned to Juventus last summer on a free transfer but he is yet to make an appearance after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.

Pogba who missed the 2022 World Cup for France was expected to return to action in January but


manager admits it is unclear when he will be fully fit.

After a 2-0 win against Arsenal in a friendly on Saturday, Allegri told Sky Sport Italia:

"Paul still hasn't been consistent in training, so I cannot say when he'll be back.

"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."

Chiesa, Bonucci, Cuadrado, and De Sciglio are also on the injury list but Allegri expects most of them to be ready for the game against Cremonese on January 4.

"[Federico] 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,"

he added.

"[Leonardo] Bonucci won't be out for long, Juan Cuadrado will only be available after the Cremonese game and Mattia De Sciglio should be back from December 27 onwards.

"That is also when Danilo and Alex Sandro arrive, while [Adrien] Rabiot and the Argentineans will have a few more days to rest, as they are in the World Cup final tomorrow.”

Allegri also said about the victory against Arsenal:

“It was a difficult game, they are a technically-gifted team and we had a lot of kids, but we played well defensively. It was a struggle to create chances and could’ve done better, but it is always a pleasure to win, especially in this stadium."

Juventus' manager was asked about the ongoing investigations into their finances by the Turin public prosecutor and UEFA which resulted in board resignation.

“The sporting aspect has never changed, so we just have to focus on training and winning games,”

assured Allegri.

“The rest is up to the club, as always. Juventus are one of the most important clubs in the world, there are 120 years of history here and that will continue.”

Juventus is in third place with 31 points after 15 matches. They are 10 points behind leaders Napoli. Juventus will face Napoli on January 13.

source: SportMob

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