Raphael Varane is still being assessed by Man Utd. However, the Frenchman’s injury may not be as bad as initially thought. The Frenchman’s ankle is now recovering nicely, with reports of a potential Real Madrid move emerging. In the meantime, Lisandro Martinez will take the reins in defence.
Raphael Varane has sprained his ankle
Raphael Varane has been forced to withdraw from the Manchester derby after sustaining an ankle sprain. The French international is set to undergo further tests today and is expected to miss the next three or four weeks. The long-term absence of the midfielder will be a big worry for Didier Deschamps, who may have to rely on other options in the absence of Varane.
The French international was forced off during the first half after picking up an ankle sprain against Manchester City. The match ended 6-3 and Varane was replaced by Victor Lindelof.
Injury is not as bad as first feared
France midfielder Varane has not played for Man United in several weeks due to an injury. The injury is believed to be related to Varane’s hamstring. If the injury were serious, Varane would have been ruled out of the World Cup. But with two more matches to play in the group stage, he could return.
The Frenchman is still in the early stages of his recovery but it is expected to take three to four weeks for him to fully recover. That means that he will miss around six Premier League games and six in the World Cup. However, the club’s fans will be hoping for a quick recovery.
Potential Real Madrid move
Manchester United are reportedly looking to sign France international Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. While United’s interest in Varane is understandable, they are not prepared to pay the EUR60million that the Spanish giants have demanded. The France international has a year remaining on his current deal with Real Madrid and wants a fresh challenge away from the Bernabeu. In addition, he would prefer to leave the club while remaining respectful of Florentino Perez, who owns the club.
Real Madrid have few options when it comes to signing a defender and Varane’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season. The club is strapped for cash and would like to sign a top player such as Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. Varane is a huge talent in central defense and Real are not willing to lose him for nothing after a year. Manchester United are expected to make an announcement in the near future.
Lindelof to partner Lisandro Martinez in defence
Lindelof has benefited from a period of turmoil in the centre of defence. The Swedish defender has had eight different centre-back partners in 200 appearances for Manchester United. His most common partnership is Harry Maguire, but he is also a regular with Chris Smalling and Lisandro Martinez. The two recently played against Everton and Omonia, and Lindelof has been pleased with the partnership.
As the captain of Manchester United, the England international will likely start the majority of games in the back four. With Lindelof and Varane in the front three, Martinez will be in competition to partner Maguire in central defence. He will almost certainly play on the left of a centre-back partnership. Both players fit the profile of a traditional centre-back, and both have good passing and tackling data.
‘Injury not as bad as fea’
Raphael Varane is awaiting the club’s medics’ assessment of his injury. The France international is still expected to be part of the France squad for the 2022 World Cup. However, there is still a chance that the injury could have affected his ankle or knee.
The Frenchman has struggled with injuries in the past and has struggled to play regularly this season. Despite that, he is expected to be available for many months as he recovers from his injury. United have been able to play well from the back this season thanks to Varane and his partnership with Lisandro Martinez. As a result, Harry Maguire has had to make do with a bench spot.
Varane’s form has been hampered by a series of injuries since his move from Madrid. He is still a long way from full fitness and should be a key consideration in Man Utd’s future. His mediocre performances have also been exacerbated by a mediocre team around him. However, Varane’s physical ability cannot be underrated, even if he has struggled with injuries since arriving at the club.
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