Hit in the right knee, Paul Pogba suffers from a lesion of the lateral meniscus. An injury that worries in view of the World Cup (November 21-December 18) but which has different characteristics depending on the part affected, as explained by doctor Jacques Parier at RMC Sport.
Paul Pogba probably dreamed of a quieter return to Juventus. Injured during the American tour of the Turin club, the French international suffers from a lesion of the lateral meniscus. Enough to call into question his participation in the World Cup in Qatar with the Blues (November 21-December 18)?
Joined by RMC Sport, doctor Jacques Parier, a sports doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, confides that there are different degrees of injury depending on the area of the cartilage involved. “The first thing to know is whether it is the internal or external meniscus that is affected. Paradoxically, they are not at all the same: the internal is more a meniscus of stability and the external more of mobility. The external meniscus is always much more troublesome to operate, not technically but on the consequences. It often condemns to a more or less early osteoarthritis after resection.”
Appropriate medical treatments
Doctor Jacques Parier explains that many lesions are possible, including traumatic and degenerative. Each has its own medical treatment, decided by a doctor. The operation box is also often recommended. “In a certain number of cases, it is simply a small piece of meniscus that has been damaged: it can therefore be removed without difficulty and with consequences that are likely to be quite rapid. Sometimes the lesions are more significant. and in these cases, the resection is more important and the consequences longer. An injury to the external meniscus would be more complicated in the consequences than for the internal one, but not in the technique since the surgeons are very accustomed. But in the consequences, we would have to be much more careful.”
Depending on the injury suffered by the player, the unavailability is more or less serious. “If it’s a medial meniscus injury, if everything goes well, the knee doesn’t swell in the aftermath, rehabilitation is quick. We can imagine around 4 to 6 weeks to get the player back on the pitch effectively. For the external meniscus, it is often longer, around 8 weeks, but everything will depend on the evolution, says the doctor.If the knee does not swell, that there is no pain, that will go, but often, if it still swells, without necessarily being very painful, it is in our interest to wait until the knee is completely dry and we will have better results in the long term, otherwise it is something that risks dragging on.”
In the most serious case, the absence may be longer if the knee continues to swell. This may be synonymous with chronic irritation. “The knee supports this stabilizer and this shock absorber very badly. We will thus tend to have chondrolysis, a lesion of the cartilage which can be extremely detrimental for the future. We may therefore have to wait an excessively long time if the knee reacts badly. You should also know that depending on the size of the athlete, if he has very bowed legs for example, he has more pressure internally, or if he has legs in X, there will be more external.”