Pogba reportedly resists surgery to boost World Cup hopes

Paul Pogba has reportedly opted for therapy rather than surgery after meeting with a specialist to discuss his knee injury, and may even be back in play in just five weeks.

After leaving Manchester United to return to Turin, Pogba was looking forward to a fresh start, only to suffer a knee injury in the early weeks of his second spell with Juventus.

The French midfielder complained of his injury on his pre-season tour of the United States with Juve, and a preliminary investigation led the Italian club to announce that he had suffered a lateral meniscus injury.

There were fears that the 29-year-old could miss the rest of the calendar year if he opted for surgery.

However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Pogba consulted Professor Bertrand Soneri-Cottet, a world-renowned knee surgeon in Lyon, and it was agreed that he would undergo therapy upon surgery, meaning he should be back in about five weeks.

Pogba was a key part of the 2018 World Cup-winning France team and the news will boost his chances of being fully fit to help defend the trophy in Qatar later this year.

Pogba spent four years at Juve between 2012 and 2016, winning four Serie A titles in that period before moving to United for a then-world record fee of £89.3m (€105m).

The World Cup starts on November 21 in Qatar, and France boss Didier Deschamps wants the 91-cap Pogba to prove his fitness well ahead of the tournament.