Raphael Varane will be out for ‘a few weeks’ for Manchester United after he picked up an injury while on international duty with France.
The summer signing from Real Madrid started in the centre of a back-three in the UEFA Nations League final for France but was forced off injured just before half-time.
Varane chased a long pass over the defence and seemed to overstretch, grimacing in pain and immediately going down to receive treatment.
The 28-year-old was unable to continue and was replaced by Bayern Munich defender Dayot Upamecano with the game still at 0-0, and he was seen with ice strapped to his thigh before and after the break.
France went on to win the game 2-1, coming from behind thanks to a brilliant performance from Karim Benzema and Varane was seen celebrating with his teammates on the pitch after the game.
But after returning to Manchester following the game, the club have revealed that he suffered a groin injury in the game and expect him to miss ‘a few weeks’ of action.
In a statement released on the club website, Manchester United said;
“Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final and has commenced rehabilitation at the club.
“He will be out for a few weeks.”
With Harry Maguire currently out injured with a calf injury that has seen him miss the international break with England, United face the prospect of travelling to Leicester City at the weekend with Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones as their only fit centre-back options.
The injury comes at an awful times for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with United also facing Atalanta home and away in the Champions League as well as Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham in the Premier League before the next international break.