Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered an update on the fitness of Paul Pogba as the Manchester United midfielder continues his rehabilitation from a troublesome ankle injury.
The France international has endured an injury-interrupted start to the season, featuring just six times in all competitions and having been sidelined since the draw with Arsenal back in September.
Pogba is now nearing his return to full fitness, however, Solskjaer says Thursday night’s Europa League meeting with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar will prove too soon for the club’s record signing.
“No, it’s too early,” the Manchester United boss said in his pre-match press conference.
Solskjaer has previously stated that the midfielder could return by the end of the year, and the Norwegian said he is still hopeful he will play for the club again in 2019.
“Yeah, hope so. Working hard to get fit and hopefully we can get him back on the pitch.”
Pogba’s absence has seen Scott McTominay and Fred develop a promising midfield partnership, though despite the duo’s form, the United manager insists the return of ‘one of the best players in the world’ will prove to be a welcome boost for his side’s hopes.
“Let’s get him fit and back in form. He will play loads of games. He’s one of the best players in the world and we’re looking forward to having him back.”