Manchester United star, Raphael Varane, was forced off the pitch with an injury while representing the France national team in the UEFA Nations League final against Spain. He appeared to pull up while running and had to go off in the 43rd minute of the game.
It goes without saying that this will be a worry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Varane has established himself in Manchester United’s first-team since arriving from Real Madrid in the summer and they will need him as they enter one of the toughest phases of their 2021/22 campaign.
Over the next six games, Manchester United will face Atalanta twice, Manchester City, Liverpool, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. As a result, it is safe to say that Varane being out of action, even for a few weeks, could end up having a tremendous impact on the Red Devils’ season.
The extent of the injury is unclear at the moment but Dr Rajpal Brar has shed some light on what could possibly be the nature of the problem and how long it could take Varane to recover. While speaking on the 3CB Performance YouTube channel and as reported by Manchester Evening News, he said:
“Based on where he grabbed on the inside of the right thigh, and additionally, he was seen with ice while seated on the bench on the inside of that right thigh as well as, it is very likely this is an adductor groin injury.
“His return timeline will depend on the specific location, and severity of the injury.
“If it’s indeed an adductor tear, a grade one typically comes with a one to two-week return timeline, grade two you’re looking at two-and-a-half to three weeks, and then a grade three is going to be dependent on if surgery is required or not.
“Although I highly, highly doubt it’s a grade three based on the fact he was able to walk off pretty well and was allowed to be on the bench, as well.”
Varane is a very important part of this Manchester United team
One would be hoping that this is not a serious issue for Varane and that he is back on the pitch as soon as possible. While it is worrying that he had to be brought off a couple of minutes before half-time and did not even continue till the break, the fact that he remained on the bench is a cause for optimism.
It is safe to say that Varane has come in and quickly become an important member of this Manchester United defence.
With Harry Maguire suffering an injury recently as well, this could turn out to be a pretty big worry for Solskjaer’s side moving forward and it is very possible that neither of them could end up featuring in the upcoming game against Leicester City.