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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms hamstring injury for Raphael Varane

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms hamstring injury for Raphael Varane

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Raphael Varane “felt his hamstring” in Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Atalanta BC.

The World Cup-winning Frenchman started as part of a back three with Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire but was forced off the field with 38 minutes on the clock.

Varane had started to re-establish himself in the team after overcoming a previous thigh problem, but the centre-back is seemingly now set for another spell on the sidelines ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby.

Speaking to BT Sport, Solskjaer said: “He felt his hamstring. So of course you can’t take any risks, unfortunately. Rafa has been such a calming influence when he’s on the pitch. We lost him but that’s football.”

The Red Devils were forced to come from behind twice to rescue a point at the Gewiss Stadium, as Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata‘s strikes were cancelled out by a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.

Varane joins fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof in the treatment room after the Swede picked up a knock before the draw with Atalanta.

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