MANCHESTER UNITED have received a boost from Raphael Varane’s injury, which is not as serious as feared going into the Manchester Derby.
The 29-year-old Frenchman suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s 6-3 away defeat to Manchester City.
Varane left the field for Erling Haaland’s first goal of the afternoon from a corner as he received treatment.
He then limped off in the 40th minute with the Red Devils trailing 3-0 but did not go straight into the tunnel.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, sources say the injury is “not serious”.
The player visited Man Utd’s training ground on Monday ahead of Thursday’s Europa League group stage game against Omonia Nicosia.
Coach Erik ten Hag will clarify ahead of the game whether Varane will be available for the trip to Cyprus.
However, Varane may not take the risk of playing in the big league against Everton this weekend.
After conceding six goals against City, Ten Hag said of Varane: “I don’t think I would have continued, but I have to say I had to take him off because when you are 4-0 down you don’t want to risk another injury. He couldn’t continue.
Sweden’s Victor Lindelof replaced Varane at the Etihad and could not prevent Haaland and Phil Foden from completing their hat-tricks.
Harry Maguire missed United’s final game through injury.
The club captain suffered a thigh injury while on international duty.
And Axel Tuanzebe’s absence has been described as “long-term” by Ten Hag.