Manchester United have suffered a blow after Raphael Varane was eliminated from the Nations League final with an injury, ahead of a potentially crucial streak for the Red Devils.
In the dramatic semi-final comeback win against Belgium on Thursday, the central defender played a full 90 minutes before being knocked out against Spain on Sunday evening just before the break in the showpiece.
In his absence, Didier Deschamps’ men secured victory again in a thrilling second half as Karim Benzema’s equalizer and the controversial Kylian Mbappe winner provided another great honor The bluesafter Mikel Oyarzabal briefly gave Luis Enrique’s side the lead.
Varane was pictured with ice on his right thigh as he watched from the bench during that eventful second half.
The defender, who joined the 1-1 draw in Southampton on Jan.
The 28-year-old got off to a good start at Old Trafford after his much-anticipated move this summer, having almost joined the club as a teenager in 2011 before making the move to the Spanish capital.
His possible absence from upcoming games has been another headache for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and center-back partner Harry Maguire is also currently out due to injury after limping in the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa two weeks ago.
Sweden international Victor Lindelof took his place for the pre-international break with Villarreal and Everton, with the ex-Benfica man likely to keep his place for Saturday’s clash against Leicester City with Eric Bailly and forgotten man Phil Jones in the Contest standing should both Maguire and Varane be excluded.
This encounter with Brendan Rodgers’ side will be the first in a tough run for United next month, with games against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in back-to-back league games as well as two major Champions League matches with Atalanta.
The Red Devils are currently fourth, just two points behind leaders Chelsea, despite having lost points in their last two league games.
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