Pogba uses the lock to prepare for return after injuries

LONDON: Manchester united midfielder Paul Pogba you are using the coronavirus emergency shutdown step up his return to fitness after an injury-ridden season.

Pogba had made only eight appearances for United this season before the health crisis forced the suspension of the Premier league in March.

The French World Cup winner has not played a single match in 2020 due to persistent ankle problems.

His last appearance came in a December 26 win over Newcastle, but Pogba has been keeping fit during the virus break and hopes to be ready if the Premier league can return in the summer.

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I have a small home gym at home, Pogba told the United website.

I can train, run, bike, go out and do some things with the ball. I just keep myself busy and stay healthy.

We have to stay motivated, there is no other option. It is a period and we do not know how long it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and I hope that one day this (pandemic) will stop.

And then we have to go back to the field, so we have to be ready.

For my part, I've also been away for a long time, so for me I just want to play soccer again.

Pogba, 27, has been in regular contact with his United team-mates during the emergency shutdown as they follow the club's fitness regime from home.

Linked to a move away from United's fifth place earlier this season, Pogba's presence would increase his bid for Champions League qualification if the games can be played again eventually.

My advice first is to stay safe, stay home and keep practicing, Pogba said.

There is always a way to work, you can work with anything you have at home, you can still do squats, push-ups.