Manchester United midfielder Raphael Varane could miss the next three or four weeks with a hamstring injury, having only returned to action after a previous groin problem.
Varane missed matches against Leicester, Atalanta and Liverpool due to his groin problems and United leaked 11 goals. His return to action was hailed during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Tottenham, but a new injury forced him out of the return leg against La Dea.
The Frenchman held only 38 minutes of the final 2-2 result in Bergamo on Tuesday night.
United judged Varane on Wednesday and L’Equipe has now reported that his absence is expected to be three or four weeks. This means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can be without his best defender now until the beginning of December.
Varane is set to miss five games in all competitions – against Manchester City, Watford, Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal – and would probably be in doubt about a sixth against Crystal Palace.
The 28-year-old would also be excluded from France’s World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Finland later this month.
Varane was hailed as one of this summer’s signings when United landed the signature of the four-time Champions League winner for around £ 34 million. His performances when he was in form have proven it but injuries have continued to stifle his early Red Devils career.
The winner from Varane’s absence will probably be Eric Bailly. The Ivorian national team player has been a peripheral figure for most of the season, but he only made his second appearance for the season against Atalanta this week and impressed enough.
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