Manchester United have been left reeling with the news Raphael Varane faces ‘a few weeks out’ with a groin injury.
Varane was substituted 42 minutes into the UEFA Nations League Final on Sunday.
After returning to Manchester and undergoing a scan, the bad news has been confirmed.
With Harry Maguire on the sidelines with an injury sustained against Aston Villa, this is a nightmare scenario for United.
Maguire could be rushed along, but this weekend’s match between United and Leicester will likely to be too soon.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof will step in. Bailly has finished his international involvement for this break.
Bailly has a good record against Leicester, winning six of eight matches played.
The challenge for him is to stay fit and cope with the intense schedule beyond that.
Behind the pair, Phil Jones waits, as does youngster Teden Mengi.
Although United could be more likely to turn to Scott McTominay or Luke Shaw as emergency centre-back options.
Which games will Varane miss?
With a tough fixture list ahead, this is a nightmare scenario for United, with the defence poor so far this season.
Varane can now rest up, but it is unlikely he will be seen before the next international break.
This likely will rule him out of Premier League games against Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City.
The upcoming fixture list is below, and Varane is likely looking at a potential return in the seventh match, away at Watford on November 20.
Manchester United’s next 10 fixtures after the international break
- Leicester City (A)
Saturday October 16, 3pm, Premier League
- Atalanta (H)
Wednesday October 20, 8pm, Champions League
- Liverpool (H)
Sunday October 24, 4.30pm, Premier League
- Tottenham (A)
Saturday October 30, 5.30pm, Premier League
- Atalanta (A)
Tuesday November 2, 8pm, Champions League
- Manchester City (H)
Saturday November 6, 12.30pm, Premier League
- Watford (A)
Saturday November 20, 3pm, Premier League
- Villarreal (A)
Tuesday November 23, 5.45pm, Champions League
- Chelsea (A)
Sunday November 28, 4.30pm, Premier League
- Arsenal (H)
Tuesday November 30, 8pm, Premier League
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