Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on defender Raphael Varane after his injury in the 2-2 Champions League draw against Atalanta.
The French World Cup winner who only just returned from injury in our win over Spurs last weekend after three weeks on the sidelines with a thigh problem, was substituted midway through the first-half.
The United centre-back picked up a suspected hamstring injury and was replaced by Mason Greenwood as Solskjaer was forced to tweak his system to a back four having initially started with a three back.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, the Norwegian explained the reason for Varane’s substitution.
“He felt his hamstring. So of course you can’t take any risks, unfortunately,” Solskjaer said. “Rafa has been such a calming influence when he’s on the pitch. We lost him but that’s football.”
“First look at it, he felt his hamstring as he ran there,” Ole later added in his post-match press conference.
“He didn’t want to risk anything. First assessment doesn’t look good. Fingers crossed.”
Despite salvaging a point in a 2-2 draw against the Italian side, Varane’s latest injury comes as a blow to Solskjaer especially with Victor Lindelof also sustaining an injury before the game.
This makes this weekend’s team selection a big call for the Norwegian as we prepare to play our noisy neighbours, Manchester City.