France, Juventus midfielder, Paul Pogba could face up to four years ban from football after reportedly testing positive for testosterone after Juventus’ first game of the season against Udinese last month
Pogba was said to have been called for testing following Juventus ’ 3-0 win over Udinese on August 20. The 30-year-old did not play in the match, spending it on the substitutes’ bench, but was nevertheless selected for a random test.
That test allegedly showed elevated levels of testosterone. According to various reports in Italy, a second test sample will now be checked in order to determine a definitive result. If a positive test is confirmed, Pogba will be tried by the National Anti-Doping Tribunal and could face a two-year ban from the game. Other reports suggest the ban could be as high as four years
Pogba re-joined Juventus on a free transfer in July 2022 following the expiry of his contract with United. He has struggled upon his return to the Italian side, with injuries significantly restricting his game time.
Pogba was an unused substitute in the Udinese match, but made two appearances in subsequent games against Bologna and Empoli. Having previously battled a knee injury, which ruled him out of the World Cup with France last year, Pogba complained of a back problem following the 2-0 win over Empoli on September 3.
The central midfielder has won 91 caps for France, helping them to win the 2018 World Cup, but has not played for the national team since 2022. He made 233 appearances for United between 2016 and 2022, scoring 39 goals and contributing 51 assists.
Juventus are currently third in Serie A with seven points from their opening three matches. They will not compete in European competition his season, having been kicked out of the Conference League by UEFA for financial wrongdoing.