Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Paul Pogba will be a 'long-term' absentee for the Red Devils.
The Frenchman picked up a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Swiss side Basel in the Champions League last month.
Initially, the knock wasn't thought to be severe, with the idea that Pogba would miss weeks rather than months.
United have won each of their four games without the former Juventus man, including a 4-0 win against Everton, as well as thumping CSKA Moscow 4-1 in midweek.
However, Mourinho likened the midfielder to other injured stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, and he has been unable to put a timeframe on his return.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's visit of bottom side Crystal Palace, the Portuguese made it plainly clear that Pogba won't be appearing on the Old Trafford turf any time soon.
“[Pogba’s] injured, he cannot play tomorrow," he said.
"His injury is not one that I can have the hope like I can have with Valencia or Jones. With them, I have the hope to see them training and to have a positive answer [on their availability soon].
"But with long-term injuries, I don't speak about them, so Ibra, Pogba, Rojo and these players, I don't think about them."
Having struggled initially following last summer's world-record move from Juventus, Pogba started this season like a house on fire, and has rapidly become integral to United's play.
He scored in the opening two fixtures against West Ham and Swansea, and appears to have built up a strong partnership with his close friend Romelu Lukaku.
And Twitter's reaction to the news shows just how important the midfielder is in United's bid to win the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
For United fans, the sooner Pogba is back, the better.
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