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Juventus: Paul Pogba set for another lay-off after he injured his thigh taking free-kicks

Paul Pogba made his first appearance in more than 10 months for Juventus against Torino on 28 February

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is set for another lay-off after suffering a thigh injury while taking free-kicks.

The 29-year-old will be out for about three weeks and will miss the start of Frances Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

After being dropped forJuves Europa League win over Freiburglast week, he missed Sundays 4-2 win over Sampdoria.

This morning Pogba was taking free-kicks and felt a twinge in his adductor, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said after Sundays game.

A club statement said that Pogba underwent a medical test on Monday and that he has suffered a low-grade tear to his right thigh adductor.

He has already started with the rehabilitation process aimed at resuming competitive activity, it added.

Juve have the return leg against Freiburg on Thursday, with Pogba having beendropped for the first game after being late for a team meetinglast Wednesday.

Pogba has only made two substitute appearances since rejoining Juve from Manchester United last summer, with the first of those coming on 28 February.

Pogbas previous appearance was for United in April 2022, when he suffered a calf injury in a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool whichruled him out for the remainder of last season.

The 2018 World Cup winner then suffered a knee injury in pre-season but initially opted not to get an operation, fearing it would rule him out of last years World Cup.

But he was later deemed to need surgery anyway and, although he returned to the Juve squad in January, he suffered another muscular problem that further delayed his return to action.

France will begin their Group B fixtures against the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Friday, 24 March, before the World Cup runners-up visit the Republic of Ireland three days later.

Juves first game after the international break is at home to Hellas Verona on 1 April.

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