Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for testosterone.
The positive test result was discovered following Juve’s 3-0 victory over Udinese on August 20.
Although Pogba was listed as a substitute for that game, he did not play.
He later made appearances as a substitute in Juve’s 1-1 draw against Bologna on August 27 and their 2-0 win over Empoli on September 3 but has been out of action since then due to a reported back injury, according to Juve’s head coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Pogba will be suspended as a precautionary measure and will have three days to request a ‘B’ sample.
If the positive test is confirmed, Pogba will have to attend a hearing with the National Anti-Doping Tribunal in Italy, unless he admits to using the prohibited substance.
In case of a guilty verdict, Pogba could be banned for up to two years, but if it’s proven that he intentionally took the substance, the suspension could extend to as long as four years.
Pogba made a return to Juventus on a free transfer in July of the previous year after his contract with Manchester United expired.
The 30-year-old, who initially joined United for £89 million in 2016, missed a significant portion of the previous season and was unable to participate in the World Cup due to a required knee surgery.