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Paul Pogba injured 24 minutes into Juventus debut

JUVENTUS superstar Paul Pogba broke down in tears as he was forced off in his first start of the season.

Pogba returned to Juve from Manchester United last summer but has been plagued by injury throughout the entire campaign.

The midfielder looked to have finally regained full fitness as he started in the Serie A clash against Cremonese at the Allianz Stadium.

However, the France international sustained yet another injury after just 24 minutes and had to be taken off by Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri.

The 30-year-old was absolutely devastated as he hobbled off the pitch in tears.

Pogba got so emotional that he held his shirt over his face as he went off and was replaced by Arkadiusz Milik.

Initial reports from Juventus’ medical staff suggest that it is a quadricep issue in the left thigh.

Allegri told DAZN: “We are all disappointed, especially as he was doing very well. It’s sad as he made so many sacrifices to recover, now has to stop again after feeling that pain in the quadricep.

“Paul is a grown man, he has broad shoulders and can get over this too.

“It’s only natural there are risks after barely playing for a year and when making the first start, that is going to increase the probability of getting hurt. He was doing well, we are sad, but will wait for him.”

The Frenchman has been injured since the day he rejoined the Serie A giants from United.

His last start was for the Red Devils was in a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in April 2022.

The Juventus star sustained problems with his meniscus as well as adductor muscle.

The versatile midfielder also had to undergo knee surgery in September.

Pogba didn’t make his first appearance of the season until February 28 as a substitute against Torino.

The World Cup-winner has since made a total of nine appearances across all competitions.

He even produced an assist in the Europa League semi-finals against Sevilla on Thursday.

Juventus, though, managed to beat Cremonese 2-0 thanks to goals by Nicolo Fagioli and Gleison Bremer.


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