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Man Utd Dealt Injury Blow As Star Man Ruled Out Of Middlesbrough Clash
Manchester United have been dealt a huge injury blow after Paul Pogba was ruled out of Sunday’s trip to Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury, according to Sky Sports News.
Pogba started in United’s Europa League last-16 second leg against FC Rostov last night but was forced off early in the second half after pulling up with a hamstring problem.
The 24-year-old was replaced by Marouane Fellaini and United managed to put the loss of Pogba behind them after edging past Rostov with a 2-1 aggregate win thanks to a 70th minute Juan Mata strike.
Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho confirmed to reporters that Pogba is certain to miss Sunday’s trip to the Riverside while the United boss also ruled the midfielder out of the upcoming international break.
Mourinho couldn’t say for certain, but the Portuguese coach suggested the French international midfielder is probably facing around three weeks on the sidelines.
When asked if it looked like a three-week injury absence for Pogba, Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports:
“Yeah. I don’t know for sure but, for sure, no Middlesbrough [on Sunday] and no national team.”
The news will come as a big blow to United as Pogba has been virtually ever-present since making a world record move to Old Trafford from Juventus last summer.
With Ander Herrera also missing the Middlesbrough game as he begins a two-game suspension following his sending off against Chelsea on Monday night, Mourinho has limited options in midfield.
Michael Carrick is almost certain to start against ‘Boro on Sunday while Marouane Fellaini will also be pushing for a recall to the starting eleven.
The timing of Pogba’s injury couldn’t have been better for United though as with the international break almost upon us, the midfielder will have a chance to recover ahead of the West Brom game at the start of April.