MANCHESTER UNITED have received an injury boost from Raphael Varane as his early Manchester Derby exit wasn’t as bad as initially feared.
The 29-year-old Frenchman suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat in the 6-3 away defeat by Premier League champions Manchester City.
Varane was then off for Erling Haaland’s first afternoon of the afternoon after a corner as he was treated.
In the 40th minute he was limping 3-0 down at the Red Devils – but he didn’t go straight through the tunnel.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, sources say the injury is “not serious”.
The player drove himself to Man Utd’s training ground on Monday ahead of Thursday’s Europa League group stage game against Omonia Nicosia.
Boss Erik ten Hag will clarify shortly before the game if Varane is available for a trip to Cyprus.
However, Varane must not be risked with a big league game against Everton at the weekend.
After conceding six against City, Ten Hag told Varane: “I don’t think he would have continued but I have to say I had to get him out because when you’re 4-0 down you don’t want to take that risk, to get a major injury. He couldn’t go on.
Swede Victor Lindelof replaced Varane at the Etihad and couldn’t stop Haaland and Phil Foden from completing their hat-tricks.
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Harry Maguire missed United’s last game through injury.
The club captain was absent with a hamstring injury.
And Axel Tuanzebe’s absence was described as “long-term” by Ten Hag.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6356796/man-utd-raphael-varane-injury-boost/ Man Utd receive a boost from Raphael Varane with a ‘not bad’ injury despite the French ace being substituted at Man City