Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down a social-media video of Paul Pogba playing basketball only days after the midfielder had a cast removed from his ankle.
Pogba is weeks away from a first-team return, having not played for United since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sept 30, and faces a battle to be fit for the packed Christmas programme. United have nine matches in December.
The France international sparked alarm among some fans after posted on Instagram videos of himself playing basketball with NBA player Jimmy Butler, of Miami Heat.
Solskjaer seemed unconcerned by the footage but admitted the player is not ready to begin training again.
“We don’t play basketball,” Solskjaer said. “I don’t see many basketball players, tackling, twisting and turning their ankles and training with studs on.
“He’s not ready to train. He had another scan at the start of the international break and his ankle has not healed up yet.
“He is stepping up the recovery so he doesn’t have to have the cast on. When you are out for six or seven weeks, you do lose loads of muscle.
“Now he is gradually stepping up walking on the treadmill and biking, so it will still be a few weeks. But we hope to see him in 2019.”