Paul Pogba injured again as he starts for Juventus against Cremonese

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba’s first competitive start in over a year lasted only 24 minutes before he was taken off injured against Cremonese.

Pogba, 30, required treatment on his left thigh after he pulled up as he crossed the ball.

“We’re all disappointed, not least because he was playing quite well,” said Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.

“It’s sad because he’s made a lot of sacrifices to come back.

“He has big enough shoulders. There’s always a risk when you’ve gone a year without playing, more so when you start the match.”

It was Pogba’s first start since his final game for former side Manchester United against Liverpool in April 2022.

He suffered a calf injury in that game which ruled him out for the remainder of last season.

After rejoining Serie A club Juventus in the summer, Pogba suffered a knee injury in pre-season but initially opted not to get an operation, fearing it would rule him out of the World Cup in Qatar.

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

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