Paul Pogba’s Injury Continues To Be An Obstacle
Juventus midfielder, Paul Pogba, will not be making his highly anticipated comeback when Juventus host Lazio in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals on Thursday. This news was announced by coach Massimiliano Allegri, who stated that Pogba is dealing with flexor soreness and will not be available for the game. Pogba has not played for Juventus since his return to the club last year and has yet to make an appearance this season.
In addition, Allegri confirmed that striker Dusan Vlahovic will likely start the game, as he is returning from a lengthy injury absence. Vlahovic was named on the bench in the Serie A game on Sunday and came on as a substitute in the 65th minute, but was unable to prevent Juventus’ shock 2-0 defeat at home to Monza.
Allegri stated that Pogba needs time for his body to readjust, and he has to navigate these situations cautiously. He added that the goal is to use Pogba in the best possible way until the end of the season. However, Juventus is facing a difficult situation, as they were docked 15 points for false accounting, which plummeted them from third place to 10th place in Serie A.
Allegri believes that Juventus must not use this as an excuse and must do what needs to be done. He stated that the Italian Cup game against Lazio must be done in the best way possible, and Juventus will give it their all. The Juventus manager believes that the Coppa Italia game against Lazio provides a chance for redemption and a way to forget about the recent league results.
In conclusion, Juventus is looking to bounce back from a difficult period and prove that they are still a top team in Italy. The absence of Pogba will be felt, but with Vlahovic likely to start, Juventus still has a chance to secure a win and advance in the Coppa Italia tournament.