Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a sad news for fans across the globe, France midfielder Paul Pogba will miss the FIFA World Cup 2022 after failing to recover from knee surgery in time for the next month’s tournament in Qatar.

Pogba underwent an operation in September. However, his agent said that, following a medical review, the midfielder would not yet return to the Juventus squad or join up with France for the mega event to be played from November 20 - December 18.

“Following the medical review in Torino and Pittsburgh, it is extremely painful to inform that Pogba will still need recovery time from his surgery,” his agent Rafaela Pimenta said.

“For this reason, Paul will not be able to join Juventus squad before the World Cup break nor the French national team in Qatar. Hopefully, Paul would be playing soon,” said Pimenta.

Notably, defending champions France have already lost midfielder N’Golo Kante. The star footballer has been ruled out for four months following an operation on a hamstring injury this month.

Pogba was one of France’s most influential players in their 2018 World Cup victory. He had scored in the final victory over Croatia as they won the global title for the second time.