Raphael Varane suffers injury vs Chelsea but is NOT out of World Cup

Raphael Varane has NOT been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury during Man United’s draw at Chelsea… but distraught France star still faces race against time to play a part for Didier Deschamps’ side in Qatar

  • Raphael Varane’s hamstring injury may not rule him out of World Cup in Qatar
  • The Frenchman was substituted in Man United’s draw to Chelsea on Saturday
  • Varane was in tears leaving the pitch, raising concerns for Didier Deschamps 
  • Scans show that the injury is less serious and there is hope he can head to Qatar

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is awaiting final diagnosis on a hamstring injury threatening his World Cup but early indications are that the problem isn’t bad as first feared.

Varane suffered the injury during the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The France international was visibly distraught as he limped off the field amid fears his hopes of playing in next month’s World Cup were over.

Raphael Varane (pictured) has suffered a hamstring injury which puts World Cup spot in doubt

Varane (bottom) was substituted during Man Utd’s 1-1 draw to Chelsea on Saturday

United and Varane are awaiting definitive news on the extent of the injury, but initial tests have shown that the problem is not as bad as originally feared.

If the early indications are verified by follow-up examinations, Varane may still have a chance of being fit for the World Cup, though it is clear he is in a race against time to prove his fitness.

With just over three weeks until France face Australia in their opening group game, there looks little prospect of Varane featuring for United before the tournament starts.

However, France boss Didier Deschamps could yet decide to include Varane in his final 26-man squad even if he doesn’t play before Qatar.

The news will a boost for France boss Didier Deschamps (pictured) ahead of the World Cup

Varane (centre) has played in all but two of United’s Premier League fixtures this season

Deschamps has already been hampered with injuries ahead of the tournament, with star midfielder N’Golo Kante perhaps being the biggest omission, having undergone surgery on his hamstring last week. 

Several other players are also doubts for Les Blues, including Boubacar Kamara, Paul Pogba, Lucas Digne and Lucas Hernandez. 

The omission of Varane would be a huge blow for Deschamps, despite having a high-quality stock of centre backs in the form of William Saliba, Jules Kounde and Dayot Upamecano, who could step up in Varane’s absence. 

But it is a promising update for Varane, who looked to be distraught as he left the field on Saturday. 

The Frenchman has also been an important cog in Erik ten Hag’s backline, appearing in all but two of United’s Premier League fixtures this season, helping them amass four clean sheets in 10 matches. 

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