Rafaela Pimenta, Paul Pogba’s agent, announced the absence of the French midfielder from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The World Cup will be held from November 20 to December 18.
Pogba underwent surgery at the beginning of the season after joining Juventus for free from Manchester United, and he missed all of his team’s matches for several months.
Pogba recently returned to training and was expected to appear in Juventus’ last two matches before the World Cup, but he suffered a new injury in training.
“Following the medical review yesterday and today in Turin and Pittsburgh, it is very painful to inform Paul Pogba that he will still need time to recover from surgery,” Rafaella said in a press statement.
“For this reason, Paul will not be able to join the Juventus team before the World Cup break or the French national team in Qatar. If wishful thinking changes things, Paul will play tomorrow.”
“But what changes things is hard work, resilience and discipline, all of which are the only things Paul has in mind in these difficult times. Paul will continue to do his best to get back on the pitch for the fans and his team as soon as possible.”
Juventus issued a statement on Pogba’s health condition, saying:
“In light of the recent radiological examinations carried out by Professor Volker Mosahel in Pittsburgh to assess the knee, Paul Pogba needs to continue his rehabilitation programme.”
Pogba (29 years old) has 91 caps for France, in which he scored 11 goals, including one in the 2018 World Cup final with a beautiful shot against Croatia.
Pogba has not appeared in the France shirt since the friendly match against South Africa last March.
France will miss the World Cup, N’Golo Kante and Mike Mainan also due to injury, while Raphael Varane is chasing time to be with the roosters.