Manchester United were dealt yet another injury blow earlier this week as Raphael Varane limped off the pitch in the 2-2 draw with Atalanta in Bergamo.
The Frenchman was making just his second appearance since September, having missed the three previous games with a groin injury sustained with France.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Harry Maguire was rushed back from injury to feature for his side against Leicester last month, despite being up to 10 days away from being ready for the match.
Now, it has been reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not repeat the mistake he made with Maguire and that Varane has sustained a new injury.
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who claim Varane returned on schedule from the first injury but sustained a new hamstring injury against Atalanta.
SN’s verdict on the situation…
Manchester United’s poor defensive record might have provoked Solskjaer into rushing his captain back to action earlier than possible but against Leicester, Maguire’s frailties were multiplied as he was targetted by his former side.
The same can’t be said for Varane, who slotted back into the side against Tottenham Hotspur last week and was worthy of the Man of the Match award, even if Cristiano Ronaldo and Scott McTominay took most of the plaudits.
Unfortunately, Varane has a history of muscle injuries but he will hope to overcome them sooner rather than later as he enters a delicate stage of his career. The 28-year-old has endured a disruptive start to life at Old Trafford but has already cemented himself as one of the first names on Solskjaer’s teamsheet.
The Norwegian boss will now need to find the best possible solution in terms of managing Varane’s injury and keeping him fit for the entire season – he will be needing him.