Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho dismissed the suggestion that Paul Pogba faces 12 weeks out as “completely nonsense” as his hamstring injury is still being assessed.
The 24-year-old led United out as captain for the first time on Tuesday night, but only lasted 19 minutes of the Champions League opener against Basel due to a hamstring complaint.
Pogba left Old Trafford on crutches and has undergone scans, but Mourinho insists no definitive prognosis has been made on the influential midfielder’s absence amid talk of a three-month lay-off.
“I don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days,” the United boss said after Sunday’s 4-0 defeat of Everton.
“Honestly, so any comment, any rumour is totally wrong, because we do not know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days.
“The player was diagnosed initially after the match because of the conditions of the muscle and the bleeding, the decision was one more week to wait and to see really clearly in the scans the dimension of the injury.
“And nobody in the club spoke about 12 days or 12 weeks. Not at all.
“It’s a muscular injury in the hamstring, but we have a normal procedure and wait a few more days, so it’s completely nonsense information.”
Mourinho said nothing about reports he had fallen out with Pogba. Funny that.