By 90Min
October 04, 2017

Paul Pogba has been told he is not allowed to play basketball by Manchester United while he is still recovering from his hamstring injury, according to The Sun.

The Frenchman has been out of action for the Red Devils since September 12, Pogba being forced off the pitch in a Champions League match against FC Basel after just 19 minutes. 

United have gone on to win all their games without the 24-year-old, however, Pogba is sorely missed in Manchester and he's been told not to play basketball whilst continuing his rehabilitation in America over fears that it could aggravate his existing injury.

Pogba is a huge basketball fan and last year, the French midfielder posted a video on social media of him getting the better of Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid in a one-on-one.

Manchester United's star striker Romelu Lukaku has also been pictured shooting hoops with Pogba, the two friends spending time together in America for a second year running over the summer.

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The Frenchman is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with news breaking over the weekend that his injury was considered to be "long-term". Speaking ahead of Manchester United's fixture with Crystal Palace on Saturday, José Mourinho said that he is not thinking about Pogba until he is back with the squad.

"He's injured. He cannot play tomorrow and it's not an injury that I can have the hope like I can have with [Antonio] Valencia or [Phil] Jones," Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

"With [Valencia and Jones], I have the hope to see them training and to have a positive answer. For long-term injuries, I don't speak about them, so Ibra, Pogba, Rojo and these players, I don't think about them."

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