Pogba using lockdown to prepare for return

LONDON (AFP) – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is using the coronavirus lockdown to step up his return to fitness after an injury-plagued season.

Pogba had made just eight appearances for United this season before the health crisis forced the suspension of the Premier League in March.

The French World Cup winner hasn’t played a single match in 2020 due to his persistent ankle problems.

His last appearance came in a December 26 win over Newcastle, but Pogba has been keeping fit during the virus break and hopes to be ready if the Premier League can return in the summer.

“I have a little home gym in my house,” Pogba told United’s website.

“I can do some training, some running, go outside and do some things with the ball. I am just keeping busy and keeping healthy. We have to stay motivated. It is a period and we don’t know until when it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this (pandemic) will stop.

“I have been out for a long time as well, so I just want to come back playing football.”