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Pogba in high spirits after successful ankle surgery

Former England international Danny Drinkwater has joined relegation-threatened Aston Villa on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

In Summary

• Apparently still feeling the effects of the anaesthetic, Pogba posted videos on Instagram saying he was unsure if he was 'high or sober' and that he was blessed to be alive, before talking about needing a haircut.

• Pogba, who has made only eight appearances in all competitions this season, has been repeatedly linked by British media with a move away from United but his agent Mino Raiola told Sky Sports last month that the midfielder would be staying at Old Trafford.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action
Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action
Image: FILE

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba posted a series of bizarre videos on social media after undergoing ankle surgery on Tuesday before confirming the procedure had been successful.

Apparently still feeling the effects of the anaesthetic, Pogba posted videos on Instagram saying he was unsure if he was 'high or sober' and that he was blessed to be alive, before talking about needing a haircut.

He later deleted the stories and replaced them with a shorter one in which he appeared less groggy.

“It’s me I’m back. Everything went well. We have to keep the positive energy,” the French World Cup winner said. “You have to keep happy, so I’ll put some music on and dance on one leg obviously... you know me you have to keep the smile.”

Pogba, who has made only eight appearances in all competitions this season, has been repeatedly linked by British media with a move away from United but his agent Mino Raiola told Sky Sports last month that the midfielder would be staying at Old Trafford.

Pogba’s recovery is expected to keep him out of action for up to four weeks. The 26-year-old was sidelined for three months earlier this season with another ankle injury.

Meanwhile, former England international Danny Drinkwater has joined relegation-threatened Aston Villa on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who won the league with outsiders Leicester City in 2016 and moved to Chelsea in 2017, spent the first half of the season on loan to Burnley after becoming surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

“Danny was a key member of Leicester City’s title-winning team and has represented England so he is a vastly experienced player,” said Villa manager Dean Smith. “He will strengthen our squad significantly.”

Villa are 17th in the league and one point above the relegation zone, with an injury-hit squad. Former Chelsea captain John Terry is Smith’s assistant and the West Londoners loaned their current top scorer Tammy Abraham to Villa last season.

Drinkwater has played three times for England, most recently in 2016. He made only two appearances for Burnley this season after damaging ankle ligaments in an altercation outside a nightclub.

The player was also charged with drink driving in April last year while at Chelsea and the club’s then manager Maurizio Sarri said the midfielder had no future at the club as he was not suited to their style of play.