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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba provisionally suspended for anti-doping offence

Former Manchester United midfielder Pogba has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping offence; the 30-year-old rejoined Juventus from Manchester United last summer and has made eight Serie A appearances for the club so far.

According to Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal, the test, performed after Juve’s victory at Udinese on August 20, detected elevated levels of testosterone, a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance.

Nado Italia, the anti-doping agency, said that Pogba was suspended provisionally with immediate effect. Pending a trial and testing of a backup “B” sample, he risks a suspension of up to four years.

The news is another negative note for a player who has been bothered by injuries ever since rejoining Juventus from Manchester United a little more than a year ago.

Juventus released a statement acknowledging the failed test and said they were considering their next steps.

He was ruled out of France’s run to the World Cup final last year due to a knee injury and played in only six Serie A matches for Juventus last season.

Pogba has yet to start a game this season but has made two substitute appearances, last playing in the 2-0 win at Empoli.

There’s also been a police investigation ongoing in France into allegations that Pogba was targeted by extortionists – including by his older brother, Mathias, who has denied any wrongdoing.

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