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Paul Pogba doubtful for Man United & Arsenal showdown

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that Paul Pogba is struggling to shake off an ankle injury in time for Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal.

Since United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on August 31, Pogba has struggled with ankle problems. It’s caused him to miss the club’s last two Premier League games, and the recent international break for France.

However, the 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes in his comeback against Rochdale on Wednesday.

While he was far from his best on the night, United still won the EFL Cup clash on penalties after finishing 1-1.

But Solskjaer has now announced that Pogba’s ankle is swollen again, with the Frenchman now doubtful for Monday night’s encounter with Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, attackers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are also unlikely to feature for United. On the bright side, though, full-back Luke Shaw is recovering well from a hamstring injury and could make the Arsenal game.

“There might be one or two who have not really come back,” Solskjaer told MUTV when asked for an injury update.

“Paul was really struggling with his ankle as it was really swollen, so let’s see how that repairs. He got 90 minutes but was sore towards the end again.

”Phil will be out until after the international break and, do you know, you have to count these after every game but I think that’s it.”

The United boss added: “I don’t think we’ll see Anthony before the international break. No, I don’t think so. Luke is improving so, hopefully, we’ll see him.”

Youngsters Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes, meanwhile, could bounce back from their respective injuries in time for United’s Europa League game against AZ Alkmaar on October 3.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Paul Pogba of Manchester United battles for the ball with MJ Williams.