Manchester United have revealed that Rafael Varane will be out for a month after suffering a hamstring injury, adding to the French defender’s troubled start at Old Trafford.
United were forced to draw in the first half of a 2-2 draw in Atlanta in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old returned to the United side in a victory over Tottenham on Saturday when Groen’s troubles persisted in the final of the Nations League.
Now the World Cup winner will face another spell on the sidelines and will miss Saturday’s derby against Manchester City and hosting other important fixtures for the club and the country.
“The club confirms that Raphael has a hamstring injury, which will keep him out of action for about a month,” United said in a statement.
“We would like to extend our best wishes to Raphael as he is working on his recovery.”
Varanasi’s absence is a major blow to United, who have struggled defensively for most of the season.
United have conceded 13 goals in their last five matches in all competitions and needed a late draw from Cristiano Ronaldo to secure a 2-2 draw against Atlanta after dropping off the pitch on Tuesday. Saved their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage.
After the upcoming international break, Ole Gunnar travels to Watford, Villarreal and Chelsea before the end of November by Solskjaer.