A doctor and performance expert has assessed the injury suffered by Manchester United and France defender Raphael Varane.
Raphael Varane has probably suffered an adductor tear and could face between one to three weeks on the sidelines, according to Dr. Rajpal Brar.
The Manchester United defender came off in the first half of the UEFA Nations League final between France and Spain injured. He fell to the ground, holding his leg, and could not continue. Therefore, Dayot Upamecano replaced him in the 43rd-minute of the match.
Both the French national team and Manchester United are yet to release any official statement about Varane and his injury.
The 28-year-old, however, could walk and later collected his winner’s medal from France’s 2-1 Nations League final victory – which Dr. Brar, a doctor in physical therapy, believes is a positive sign.
Speaking on YouTube, he said: “Based on where he grabbed on the inside of the right thigh, and additionally, he was seen with ice while seated on the bench on the inside of that right thigh as well as, it is very likely this is an adductor groin injury.
“His return timeline will depend on the specific location and severity of the injury.
“If it’s indeed an adductor tear, a grade one typically comes with a one to two-week return timeline, grade two you’re looking at two-and-a-half to three weeks, and then a grade three is going to be dependent on if surgery is required or not.
“Although I highly, highly doubt it’s a grade three based on the fact he was able to walk off pretty well and was allowed to be on the bench, as well.
“We’ll certainly find out more, as it’s evaluated by the national team and also by Man United staff as well, but these can be tricky injuries to deal with and quite sensitive to re-injury because of the significant demands placed on the adductors during football.”
Manchester United return to action at Leicester City this coming Saturday on October 16 in a Premier League match.