HUGE BLOW: Varane to miss a “few weeks” after Nations League injury
PA - Martin Rickett
Raphael Varane has added to Manchester United’s defensive problems after he was ruled out for “a few weeks” with a groin injury.
The centre-back, a £34million summer signing from Real Madrid, sustained the problem in the first half of France’s Nations League final victory over Spain on Sunday, with the game featuring fellow United teammates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
“Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final and has commenced rehabilitation at the club,” said a United statement.
“He will be out for a few weeks. Everybody at United would like to wish Raphael a speedy recovery.”
With Harry Maguire also out with a calf injury it leaves manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer without his two first-choice centre-backs.
Maguire was forced off in the reds' previous match against Everton before the international break, which forced him to withdraw from the England squad and head back to the club's training ground for treatment.
His remaining options are Victor Lindelof and either Eric Bailly, whose one appearance this season came in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham last month, or Phil Jones, who has not played since January 2020 due to a knee injury but was in the squad for the Hammers game.
After Leicester City this coming Saturday, United face Atalanta at home in the Champions League before fixtures against arch-rivals Liverpool (also at Old Trafford) and Tottenham before the end of the month.
With full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka also facing suspension in the Champions League, United will have to field a makeshift defence in their Group F encounter against Atalanta.
Solskjaer remains under pressure after one win in their last four games sees United head in to their difficult period of fixtures needing to pick up some points to keep up with other clubs who are challenging for the title.
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