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Pogba out of Europa League Alkmaar tie

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss Thursday’s Europa League tie at AZ Alkmaar because of a foot injury.

Pogba, 26, played the full game against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup and Premier League game against Arsenal, but is troubled with an ongoing foot issue.

Winger Anthony Martial and defenders Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also miss the trip, but teenager Brandon Williams is included.

United opened their Group L campaign with a 1-0 victory over Astana.

Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes are available but France World Cup winner Pogba is the big miss for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, although no timeframe was given for his return.

The club said: “Following a specialist’s opinion, Paul Pogba requires a period of further rest and conservative treatment for the foot injury he sustained during the game against Southampton in August. Updates will follow in due course.”

It is one of the worst pitches I have seen for a long while – Solskjaer

Solskjaer said he is unimpressed by the artificial pitch chosen for Thursday’s game: “I was surprised they have chosen to play on this pitch when I look at it.

“I am used to Astroturf pitches from back home in Norway and it is not the best I have seen. It is one of the worst ones I have seen for a long while.

“We have all got standards back home in Norway. They are all more modern and new, and you get them changed. 

“But it is safe. It’s just not the newest.

“I probably wouldn’t risk him [Pogba] on Astroturf anyway if he was available for this game. But he needs a bit of rest now.”

SOURCE : BBC SPORTS

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