This is probably not the return hoped for by Paul Pogba at Juventus. Barely back in Italy, the midfielder was forced out of preseason after being hit in the right knee. An injury that could keep him away from the field for several months and possibly make him miss the next World Cup.
Injuring yourself at the start of the season with your new club… something to bring back bad memories for Marcus Coco. When he landed in Nantes in the summer of 2019 with Ludovic Blas, the Guingampais (23 years old at the time) was far from imagining the sad season that awaited him.
Established by Christian Gourcuff from the first day of Ligue 1 in Lille, the Guadeloupean must give up his place after only 15 minutes of play and a duel with Domagoj Bradaric. Examinations reveal a rupture of the cruciate ligaments, which will keep him away from the pitch for the rest of the season. Transferred on July 16, 2019, Marcus Coco will only discover Beaujoire on August 30, 2020 against Bordeaux.
Marcus Coco evacuated on a stretcher against Lille in August 2019. (E. Garnier/L’Équipe)
One year earlier, Alexander Golovin had an almost similar experience. Transferred for €30m to AS Monaco from CSKA Moscow during the 2018 summer transfer window, the Russian wanted to confirm his good performance at the World Cup. But the victim of a sprained ankle in his third training with the club of the principality, the native of Kaltan in Siberia had to wait until the 6th day against Nîmes Olympique to make his debut in Ligue 1.
Alexandre Golovine in his first Ligue 1 match against Nîmes. (F. Faugère/The Team)
Six days is almost nothing compared to the 14 meetings Sergio Ramos attended from the stands at the Parc des Princes at the start of last season. When PSG announces the arrival of the four-time Champions League winner, several questions arise about the system that will be used. But the physical condition of the Spaniard will force Mauricio Pochettino to partly keep a defense at 4.
In 2021-2022, the central defender only played 12 Championship games, including 9 as a starter. In question, difficulties in recovering, which had forced his former club, Real Madrid, not to extend it after 16 years of common adventure.
Abou Diaby, six matches in two years
The most frustrating example of his early injuries in new colors is that ofAbu Diaby and his nightmarish two years in Marseille. In the summer of 2015, the eternal promise of Arsenal returned to France after an all-white final season in England. But his calf does not give him a gift and forces him to wait until March 18, 2016, and the 31st day of Ligue 1, to make his debut with OM against Rennes, a match during which he only plays twelve minutes.
Hope was reborn at the start of the 2016-2017 season when the midfielder, starting out, played two games in a row. The last two of his career. Subsequently operated on his ankle, Diaby left OM, then the world of football through the back door.
Abou Diaby in the last match of his career on August 21, 2016, at Guingamp. (V. Michel/The Team)
In line with players unfortunately known for their recurring injuries, Ousmane Dembele also had a difficult start at Barça in the summer of 2017, after being transferred from Dortmund for €140m.
Started for the first time by Ernesto Valverde on Matchday 4 against Getafe – after coming into play against Espanyol on his debut a week earlier – the young winger, 20 at the time, came out with an injury after 29 minutes into the game. Hit in the hamstring, he misses the next 13 games. An injury that marks the beginning of his repeated physical glitches.