PAUL Pogba could be out of action for a “few weeks” after suffering a suspected hamstring injury that took the shine off Manchester United’s successful return to the UEFA Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho said.
United, who missed out on qualification for Europe’s premier club competition last season, beat FC Basel 3-0 on Tuesday, with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
But, making his debut as United captain, Pogba lasted just 18 minutes of the Group A game before being forced off by an apparent left hamstring injury, with Fellaini taking his place.
The 24-year-old French midfielder reportedly left Old Trafford on crutches.
“I don’t know (what the severity is),” Mourinho told MUTV, the club’s in-house television station. “I just know from experience it’s a muscular injury. In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks, I think.
“It looks for me too (like a hamstring injury) but I haven’t spoken yet to the medical team.”
Pogba’s injury will also concern France, which is hoping he is fit in time to play in the crucial World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on October 7.
Mourinho said he had midfield options for the weekend’s English Premier League clash with Everton, including Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Fellaini and Nemanja Matic.
Rashford, who made his UCL debut on Tuesday, said Pogba’s loss was a big blow.
“Paul’s going to be a massive miss and hopefully we can get him back fit as soon as possible. We have to play every game to win. If we want to be champions, then we have to win (those) types of games (like Sunday’s). It’s going to be difficult. Everton are a really strong team.”