Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping offence, according to Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal.
The 30-year-old who joined the Serie A giants last summer for a second stint, following a failed second spell at Manchester United has only made eight 8 league appearances since his return to Italy.
Relatively, the Frenchman’s second spell has been marred by injuries and some personal issues, thereby making only a total of 10 appearances across all competitions with majority of those from the bench.
Back in August, following Juventus’ 3-0 win over Udinese, the midfielder who was an unused substitute for that game was reportedly tested at random, and reports circulating reveal elevated levels of testosterone (a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance) in the player’s system.
Initial reports from Italian news agency ANSA, reveal the anti-doping tribunal had officially confirmed Pogba would be provisionally suspended after failing an initial doping test. Pending a trial and testing of a backup “B” sample, he risks a suspension of up to four years.
A club statement also confirmed, “Juventus Football Club announces that today, September 11, 2023, the footballer Paul Labile Pogba received a precautionary suspension order from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal following the results of tests carried out on August 20, 2023.
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Juventus next plays on Saturday in a 2 pm kick-off vs Lazio with the Frenchman’s inclusion now unclear in light of the reports.