Manchester United have been hit a major blow with midfielder Paul Pogba sidelined up to 12 weeks with an injury sustained on Tuesday night. The France international was substituted early in the first half of the 3-0 Champions League triumph over Basel after he damaged his left hamstring.
According to The Times, early MRI scans indicate that the Frenchman could be out for around six to 12 weeks with a grade three tear involving potential tendon damage. Pogba is understood to have been warned about the potential circumstances prior to his injury, but he, nevertheless, opted to undergo a private training session without the club’s notice.
The injury could typically rule him out for the remaining Champions League group games, while also missing out on key matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in the top-flight.
Despite Pogba’s absence, Jose Mourinho will be quite confident with his midfield options with the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic in good form since the start of the season. Ander Herrera had a poor outing at Stoke City earlier in the month, but he could have a significant role to play in Frenchman layoff.
Meanwhile, Michael Carrick could also make his first appearance of the season in midweek when United host Burton Albion in the third round of the EFL Cup – known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons.