Manchester United provide update on Raphael Varane injury ahead of Leicester clash

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Manchester United ace Raphael Varane looks on during France's Nations League win over Spain

Manchester United star Raphael Varane suffered a muscle injury in France’s win over Spain (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have confirmed Raphael Varane will be out of action for ‘a few weeks’ after the defender sustained a groin injury while on international duty with France.

Varane lasted just 43 minutes of Sunday’s Nations League final between France and Spain as Didier Deschamps’ men came from behind to win 2-1 at the San Siro.

Replays showed Varane wincing as he raced back towards goal and the 28-year-old immediately gestured towards France’s medical staff that he would have to be replaced.

The centre-back – who swapped Real Madrid for Old Trafford in the summer transfer window – was subsequently pictured with an ice pack around his thigh as he watched the second half from the substitutes bench.

‘Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final and has commenced rehabilitation at the club,’ a statement on Manchester United’s website said on Tuesday afternoon.

‘He will be out for a few weeks.’

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The Red Devils will be without the Frenchman for the next few weeks (Picture: Getty)

Varane made his United debut in the side’s 5-1 win over bitter rivals Leeds back in August and has started every match since in the Premier League, impressing at the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence.

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His injury leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a selection headache ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to Leicester this weekend given club captain Harry Maguire is also a major doubt for the clash.

Victor Lindelof replaced Maguire for United’s games against Villarreal and Everton before the international break and is expected to continue his run in the team at the King Power Stadium.

Solskjaer could also call upon Eric Bailly or Phil Jones, while Scott McTominay also has experience of filling in at centre-half.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Everton

United travel to the King Power Stadium this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Marcus Rashford has made significant strides with his recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery, but the England forward is not expected to make his comeback versus the Foxes.

Amad Diallo is also unlikely to be risked against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester despite his recent return to training at Carrington.

Harry Maguire comes off with injury in Manchester United's clash with Aston Villa

Maguire missed United’s recent clashes with Villarreal and Everton (Picture: Getty)

‘Marcus Rashford is in full training following shoulder surgery and there is also positive news on Amad,’ a United statement read last week.

‘The Ivory Coast winger is getting closer to full fitness after a thigh injury prevented a loan move to Feyenoord taking place during the summer transfer window.

‘Both will hope to show they are capable of returning when things resume for United after the international break, with the Leicester City match at the King Power next on the agenda on October 16.’

United have suffered a dip in form of late and sit fourth in the table after two games without victory in the English top flight.

Leicester, meanwhile, have drawn their last two matches and are languishing down in 13th place.


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