Solskjaer explains Pogba’s absence from Man Utd squad vs West Brom

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba was ruled out of Saturday’s clash with West Brom after picking up an injury in training.

Rumours over the Frenchman’s apparent lack of involvement in the Premier League meeting with the Baggies began to spread on Saturday after he wasn’t spotted with the Manchester United squad in their pre-match meeting at the Lowry Hotel.

Pogba played for France in all three of their fixtures during the international break, featuring for just under an hour of the friendly defeat to Finland, and then playing the full 90 minutes of the Nations League wins over Portugal and Sweden.

Those appearances had raised hopes that Pogba could feature against West Brom after several fitness issues in the past year, but Solskjaer says the Frenchman suffered an ankle problem in training on Friday.

Pogba picked up a knock in training

“He [Pogba] tried to finish the last session but it [the ankle] got worse and worse so he is unavailable today,” the United boss told BBC Sport.

“Hopefully he is okay for Tuesday [against Istanbul Basaksehir] but we’ll see.”

Solskjaer has named Alex Telles in the side as the Brazilian makes his home debut in place of Luke Shaw, while Nemanja Matic replaces Scott McTominay.

The United boss has detailed the difficulties for preparing for matches after international breaks.

Solskjaer says the star picked up an ankle injury

“Games after international breaks always pose selection challenges, but that is amplified in these different times we are currently experiencing,” he said.

“For example, before tonight’s game, the players who were on international duty had to have a coronavirus test when they returned and were not able to train until we received a negative result for them.

“It can take 24 hours to get the results and when it is so close, it is not certain that we will have all the players together before matchday.”

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