Juventus given Pogba fitness boost ahead of Real Madrid return leg

The club have confirmed that the midfielder is back in full training having been sidelined for over seven weeks with a hamstring injury and may return against the Spaniards


Paul Pogba could be fit to face Real Madrid in next week’s Champions League decider after he returned to Juventus training on Thursday.

The 22-year-old missed the 2-1 semi-final first leg victory over Carlo Ancelotti’s men on Tuesday due to a hamstring injury, which has led to a lengthy absence.

Pogba has not played since picking up the problem in the 3-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their quarter-final tie on March 19.

The France international now looks set to give Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri a selection dilemma, however, as he decides whether or not to throw the midfielder straight back into action.

Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Stefano Sturaro started in a midfield four against the European champions, but one of them is expected to be sacrificed if Pogba returns to fitness.

Pogba could be handed a run out against Cagliari on Saturday, with Juve set to rest a host of first-team players having wrapped up the Scudetto last weekend.