Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is recovering ahead of schedule from his knee injury, according to the latest reports, and could even start running next week.
The France international had torn the meniscus in his knee during a training session in Los Angeles earlier and took several weeks to have various consultations before deciding on a course of action.
He opted against surgery, as that could’ve put his participation in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at risk in November and December.
Instead, Pogba focused on physiotherapy, gym and swimming pool work to strengthen the knee.
La Gazzetta dello Sport notes he is improving rapidly and could be ready to start running on the pitch next week.
If all goes to plan, the former Manchester United player could even be available for the Serie A match that Juventus will play against Salernitana on September 11.
It is a much-needed boost for the Bianconeri, who have lost Angel Di Maria for at least two weeks after a hamstring strain during the 3-0 win over Sassuolo.
Wojciech Szczesny is also out with a muscular strain, while Federico Chiesa and Kaio Jorge are long-term absentees.