Raphael Varane will not play against Arsenal on Sunday due to an expected few weeks of injury, Manchester United have confirmed.
Erik ten Hag said after the game that the center-back’s halftime withdrawal from the weekend’s 3-2 triumph against Nottingham Forest was caused by a knock.
“The France international came off at half-time in our 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Saturday due to the complaint, which is expected to keep him out for a few weeks.” Ten Hag may provide an update on team news during the pre-match press conference on Friday.
The 30-year-old is the third Red Devils player to suffer a serious injury in the past week, joining Mason Mount and Luke Shaw. Varane’s setback comes amid a slew of injury concerns for the Red Devils.
Tom Heaton, Tyrell Malacia, Kobbie Mainoo, Amad, and Rasmus Hojlund are all out for Ten Hag, bringing the total number of injuries at this time to eight.
Ten Hag should be concerned about Varane’s recurrent absences because the former Real Madrid player missed 28 games last season, most of which were due to injury, and three different problems the year before.
Varane and Shaw won’t be traveling to the Emirates this weekend, so Ten Hag is likely to start Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, and Lisandro Martinez at the back.
As the transfer window closes, the Red Devils are still looking for a left-back, leaving the fourth slot up in the air. Although other targets have been found, Marc Cucurella’s name is the one that is most frequently associated.
In the Premier League, United has six points after their first two games, one less than Arsenal, who drew against Fulham on Saturday.