Raphael Varane injury: Man Utd defender hobbles out of UEFA Nations League final between France and Spain

Manchester United are already without Harry Maguire for Saturday's clash with Leicester and Raphael Varane being forced off in the Nations League final will add to the concerns of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

An injured Raphael Varane leaves the field during France's Nations League final against Spain
Image: Raphael Varane was substituted before half-time of the Nations League final

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane was forced out of the UEFA Nations League final before half-time due to injury.

The France centre-back hobbled off after appearing to pull up while running, and was seen with ice on his right thigh after being replaced by Dayot Upamecano on 43 minutes.

It will come as a major concern for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is already without Harry Maguire for their next Premier League game away to Leicester on Saturday.

Varane's team-mates went on to win the final and he posted a picture on his Instagram page of him holding the trophy, but made no mention of his injury - and neither did the France boss Didier Deschamps during his post-match media obligations.

Raphael Varane was seen with ice on his right thigh after being withdrawn before half-time
Image: Varane was seen with ice on his right thigh after being withdrawn before half-time
Raphael Varane sits on the pitch after an injury during the Nations League final - Miguel Medina/Pool Photo via AP
Image: Varane sits on the pitch after an injury during the Nations League final

Varane is due back at United's Carrington training base later this week where he is likely to be assessed following the knock, which is his first since joining United from Real Madrid in the summer.

Varane missed the first Premier League game of the season against Leeds because he was not registered in time and was then on the bench against Southampton as he got up to speed with Solskjaer's plans, but has played 90 minutes in every Premier League game since.

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Highlights of the UEFA Nations League final between Spain and France

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