How’s the ankle, Paul? Manchester United star Pogba plays basketball with Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler… despite being out of action since September with injury
- Paul Pogba risked upsetting Manchester United by playing basketball in Miami
- The Frenchman has not featured for United since September due to ankle injury
- He was put through his paces by friend and Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler
- Pogba looked healthy and on course for comeback, possibly against Man City
The video he posted on Instagram, which showed Pogba shooting baskets and looking happy and healthy, is a far cry from how United fans have seen him recently, where his right leg has been heavily bandaged as he battled a troublesome ankle injury. A cast on his ankle was removed less than two weeks ago.
The Frenchman has been continuing his rehab in the United States and posted videos of his time on court with Butler on Thursday morning.
Paul Pogba took to the basketball court in Miami as he steps up his recovery from injury
Pogba has not featured for United since September due to the ankle issue and the £89million man’s decision to play one-on-one basketball suggests that he is progressing well in a bid to return to the side – and that he is happy risking putting his ankle under strain again.
Some fans might be concerned that the basketball session with Butler could have risked further damage to the ankle, and United will be relieved that he emerged unscathed.
He even nailed some impressive shots, including a step-back three-pointer.
Last month Pogba posted another video of himself working out in Dubai while heavily bandaged. Just days ago an excited Pogba got his ankle cast removed at hospital.
Pogba is hopeful of a return to action early next month – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on fierce local rivals Manchester City on December 7.
He has made just six appearances this season due to injury. But the videos on court will also act as encouragement that the target of returning for the Manchester derby remains a realistic ambition.
Pogba (right) was courtside to watch Butler and the Miami Heat with girlfriend Maria Salaues
United have four games between now and the derby, with a trip to Astana in the Europa League sandwiched between a trip to Sheffield United and two home games against Aston Villa and former boss Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
Pogba has been enjoying his time on the east coast of the United States and he was courtside to watch Butler and Co defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-100 on Wednesday, sat alongside girlfriend Maria Salaues.
While Pogba remains a long-term absentee at the start of the campaign, Solskjaer was handed a number of boosts before the weekend trip to Bramall Lane.
The club confirmed that Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Axel Tuanzebe are all close to returning from their respective injuries.
Last month Pogba posted another video of himself working out while heavily bandaged
An excited Pogba got his ankle cast removed at hospital less than two weeks ago