Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has taken to social media to celebrate France winning the UEFA Nations League for the very first time – but did not provide any update on his suspected injury.
The central defender, who joined United from Real Madrid in August on a four-year deal, was forced off shortly before half-time, as France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in Milan.
With 43 minutes on the clock, Varane was forced to sit down on the turf holding his leg, requiring treatment from the French medical staff. Although he was able to walk off the pitch unaided, the 28-year-old’s early withdrawal was a cause for concern for United’s fans watching at home on TV, plus, no doubt, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe had turned the game on its head and in France’s favour, following Mikel Oyarzabal’s opener for Spain, Varane joined in with the celebrations with his team-mates, donning a huge smile. Although it was impossible to tell for certain, he did not appear to be in any pain or discomfort from the TV pictures and still photographs published.
Following the full-time whistle, Varane took to his Twitter page to upload an image of himself with the trophy and wrote: “Champions.”
The United defender made no reference to him being forced off just before half time, potentially easing fears that his 43rd minute exit was, hopefully for the Reds, nothing more than a precaution.
At the time of writing, France boss Didier Deschamps had yet to speak with the media to provide an update on the defender’s condition and the reasoning for him being forced off.
United will now be hoping that it was nothing too serious, especially with the fact that club captain Harry Maguire is already sidelined with a calf problem, resulting in him being forced to miss England’s fixtures with Andorra and Hungary over this current international break.
Should all be well, Varane will be hoping to start United’s Premier League tussle with Leicester City this coming Saturday at the King Power Stadium.