Reports from Italy suggest that former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has allegedly tested positive for the use of testosterone. This information has not been officially confirmed by Juventus, Serie A, or the Italian Football Federation at this time.
The alleged positive test is said to have resulted from random checks conducted after Juventus’ opening Serie A match against Udinese on August 20. During that game, Pogba remained on the bench, but he has since appeared as a substitute in matches against Bologna and Empoli. The entity responsible for conducting these tests has not been disclosed.
According to Sportmediaset, if Pogba is found guilty, he could face a hearing before the National Anti-Doping Tribunal and a potential ban from all footballing activities for up to two years. This ban could be extended to four years if it is proven that Pogba knowingly took the banned substance.
The reports have raised uncertainty about Pogba’s inclusion in Juventus’ upcoming match against Lazio on Saturday, with his availability now in question.
Pogba has struggled with injuries during his return to Juventus, making only 10 appearances last season due to knee, groin, and hamstring injuries. These setbacks also led to his absence from the 2022 World Cup.
Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2022 following his record-breaking £89 million transfer from Juventus in 2016. During his time at United, he made 233 appearances, scored 39 goals, and provided 51 assists, winning the Europa League and League Cup.