Pogba's Doping Dilemma: A Career on the Brink
Juventus Star Faces Four-Year Ban, Potential Career End, and Club Fallout
In the aftermath of Juventus' 3-0 triumph over Udinese in Serie A last August, Pogba faced an adverse turn of events when an anti-doping test revealed his positive status for the prohibited substance DHEA, accompanied by heightened testosterone levels. The Anti-Doping Prosecutor's Office is reportedly poised to impose a substantial four-year suspension on the midfielder. Despite the severity of this impending ban, Pogba's legal team is aiming to secure a reduction to a two-year penalty during the upcoming January hearing, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.
As Pogba braces for the doping trial in January 2024, speculation looms over the potential trajectory of his career. At 31 years old next year, a four-year ban could mark the conclusion of a career fraught with controversy. In such a scenario, Juventus may opt to sever ties with Pogba, who had recently rejoined the club after a tumultuous six-year stint withManchester United
The narrative is further complicated by Pogba's recent struggle with injuries, significantly limiting his playing time since returning to Juventus last season. Having accumulated a mere 161 minutes in the 2022-23 season and an additional 52 this term before suspension, Pogba's on-field contributions have been notably curtailed.
Regardless of the final duration of the ban, whether two or four years, the prospect of witnessing Pogba donning the Juventus jersey again appears increasingly improbable.
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