October 12, (THEWILL) – Raphael Varane is expected to miss Manchester United’s encounter against Leicester on Saturday due to a thigh injury that will keep him out for “several days.” The France centre-back sustained an injury in the first half of Sunday’s Nations League Final against Spain and was forced to leave the game.
Initial examinations on Varane, according to the French publication L’Equipe, indicate that he has damage to an adductor muscle, which will keep him out for “several days,” and that he is “unlikely” to be fit for the match at the King Power Stadium.
Varane returned to Manchester on Monday and will head to United’s training complex on Tuesday to be evaluated by club physicians.
Varane’s absence is a setback for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is already missing his other first-choice centre-back, Harry Maguire, who is recovering from a calf injury sustained against Aston Villa last month.
The game is the start of a testing run of fixtures with Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Atalanta among United’s opponents before the next international break.
United have won only one of their past four matches – and they needed a stoppage-time strike from Cristiano Ronaldo to beat Villarreal 2-1 in the Champions League.
As a result, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are in contention to start at centre-back against Leicester.