Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Paul Pogba will not be in action for at least another four to five weeks.
Pogba suffered a thigh injury whilst on international duty with France in November.
The Frenchman’s last appearance for Manchester United was against Atalanta in Italy in the Champions League.
Man United had endured mixed performances in his absence, which led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking after a disastrous 4-1 defeat to Watford two months ago.
Rangnick replaced the Norwegian on a temporary basis and the German boss is yet to work with the World Cup winner.
The ex-Leipzig boss has suggested that he would have to wait for another month before he could have the 28-year-old midfielder in his squad.
“As far as I know, I was told a week ago, it would be a minimum of at least another four or five weeks before he [Paul Pogba] is fit for training again,” Rangnick told MU.
“It’s one thing to be training fit but, on the other hand, he [Pogba] needs to be fit for the match and competition in either the Premier League or the Champions League and this will still take some time.”
Manchester United will continue to search for consistency without Pogba when they host Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Monday.