Manchester United hopeful Paul Pogba will not be on sidelines for long with his ankle injury – and are not ruling midfielder out of weekend’s Premier League clash at Southampton

Manchester United are hopeful Paul Pogba will not be a long-term absentee despite concerns he has suffered a flare-up of last season’s ankle injury.

Pogba has missed United’s previous two matches with an ankle problem, and Sportsmail can reveal the France international’s current injury is positioned on the same joint that caused him significant problems at various junctures last term.

The World Cup winner eventually underwent surgery in January to resolve the long-standing ailment – and United medical staff are being extra cautious with Pogba’s current problem as a result.

Manchester United hopeful Paul Pogba will not be on sidelines for long with his ankle injury

Manchester United are hopeful that Paul Pogba will not be on the sidelines for long

Manchester United hopeful Paul Pogba will not be on sidelines for long with his ankle injury

United had been concerned that Pogba had suffered a flare-up of last season’s ankle injury

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed on Monday that Pogba has suffered inflammation of the troublesome ankle, causing him to miss Tuesday’s Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

United are not ruling out the 27-year-old for Sunday’s clash against Southampton, but will not rush the midfielder back so not to risk aggravating the problem further.

But even if Pogba does not prove his fitness in time to replace the Saints, it is understood the former Juventus star is not facing a lengthy period on the sidelines. 

Manchester United hopeful Paul Pogba will not be on sidelines for long with his ankle injury

United are not ruling the 27-year-old out of the game with Southampton on Sunday

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