Paul Pogba was forced off yesterday with an injury just 23 minutes into the first start of his second spell at Juventus.
The former Manchester United midfielder moved to Juventus in the summer but has missed the majority of this season with injury. Pogba did not make an appearance for Juventus until late February.
Pogba has made a growing number of substitute appearances — totalling nine over the last four months — but just 23 minutes into the game against Cremonese on Sunday night, he had to leave the pitch with what Juventus said was a muscle injury.
He went down on the pitch and had his head in his hands, before being substituted. Pogba was visibly upset and had his shirt over his head.
Pogba underwent a scan at Juventus’ J Medical facility on Monday.
Juventus then posted an update which read: “The diagnostic tests that Paul Pogba underwent this morning at J|Medical showed a low-grade lesion of the rectus femoris of the left thigh. The footballer has already started his rehabilitation programme.”
Massimiliano Allegri replaced Pogba with Arkadiusz Milik.
“I needed him as an added striker,” Allegri said of Pogba after the game. “In such situations you have to hope that nothing happens. Sooner or later I had to try (and start him).
“We’re all sorry, he was also doing fairly well and without him we struggled to find positions. Now he’ll definitely have to pause again, he felt pain.
“We’re all really heartbroken, but Paul has broad shoulders, and we’ll wait for him.”
Juventus are second in the Serie A table after having their points deduction overturned. They are also into the semi-finals of the Europa League, and would hope to qualify for the Champions League next season through either route.