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Pogba available for Man Utd's Premier League opener despite back injury

The Red Devils will be without their French star on Saturday, but he should be able to face the Blues

Paul Pogba is expected to be fit for Manchester United's Premier League opener against Chelsea after suffering a back spasm, though he will miss Saturday's International Champions Cup clash with AC Milan.

United will face the Serie A club in their final ICC match as the only side who can knock Benfica off the top of the table in the pre-season tournament, though the Red Devils need to win by three goals or more to lift the trophy.

However, they will be without Pogba who, after a strong pre-season despite angling for a move, suffered a back issue following training on Friday.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed he will sit out United's final pre-season match, but is confident the Frenchman will be back in top condition within a few days.

“At the end of the session today [Friday], Paul got a back spasm,” Solskjaer told United's official website .

“It's the same issue he had last week, when he missed the session in Norway, but I think he'll be available early next week.”

Matteo Darmian, Joel Pereira, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez are also missing from the squad, with Solskjaer adding: “We have a few players back at the AON Training Complex.

“Joel Pereira tweaked his back last week so he’s back there training. Romelu and Alexis are working on their fitness with Matteo Darmian. Eric (Bailly), obviously is injured and out until Christmas time."

Pogba has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, with a potential move to Spanish giants Real Madrid one of the most talked-about rumours of the window so far.

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