Manchester United has announced that French defender Raphael Varane will be out for a “few weeks” with a groin injury sustained during the international break.
Varane discovered the issue during Sunday’s Nations League final, in which France defeated Spain 2-1 to win the UEFA competition’s second edition.
United confirmed the duration of the 28-year-old’s time on the sidelines in a statement, which read: “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.”
Varane’s setback comes at a poor time for United, as they approach a pivotal point in their season in terms of title contention.
Varane is anticipated to miss the Premier League match against Leicester on Saturday, the Champions League match against Atalanta in midweek, and maybe the match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 24.
To make matters worse, captain Harry Maguire is a doubt for United’s first game back after the international break, which will be against his former club Leicester City.
Maguire, who has played alongside Varane in the heart of the defence this season, has been sidelined with an injury since the league defeat at home to Aston Villa when he was pulled out shortly after the hour mark.
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