Manchester United have released an official update on the condition of Raphael Varane, who was injured in the UEFA Nations League final.
Signed from Real Madrid through the summer transfer window, Varane appeared to be the perfect defender to complement Harry Maguire. The first signs were promising, but Varane’s debut campaign at Old Trafford hit a bump in the road.
The 28-year-old was pushed off the pitch when France faced Spain in the Nations League final. Man United fans held their breath as they waited for further clarification on the damage done to their defensive superstar.
You now have it via an official statement that was shared on manutd.comwho replied: “Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final and has started rehabilitation at the club.”
“He’ll be out for a couple of weeks.”
Varane could hardly have picked an injury at a worse time as Man United are set for a packed couple of weeks playing important games in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men make their way back to Leicester City over the weekend before taking on Atalanta the following Wednesday. They then face arch-rivals Liverpool before heading to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium six days later.
There is also a second clash with Atalanta in the Champions League group stage, which is followed by the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Unfortunately for United fans, the suggestion that he will be out for “a few weeks” threatens to truly exclude him from the majority of these games, which could be crucial for both his team’s season and his manager’s tenure.