Raphael Varane of Manchester United has stated he is fit following an injury scare while playing for France.
Varane started France’s friendly against the Ivory Coast on Friday night, but he only lasted about 60 minutes before being substituted. Varane had a’small problem with his foot’ after the game, according to France coach Didier Deschamps.
The centre-back jogged off the field to be replaced by William Saliba, and it was hoped that the foot problem was not as serious as Deschamps claimed. Varane has now verified this, telling reporters at a press conference ahead of France’s match against South Africa on Wednesday night that he is totally fit after the injury scare.
“I’m ready to go for tomorrow.” According to RMC Sport, Varane commented, “It was a hit, but it was just painful.”
Varane’s £34 million transfer to United was seen as a smart move, but the defender has struggled with injury this season.
Varane had a groin injury while playing for France in October, which forced him to miss three games.
The centre-back made his comeback against Tottenham, but sustained a hamstring injury against Atalanta just one week later. Varane was sidelined for well over a month as a result of the problem, finally returning to play Newcastle just after Christmas.
Varane has now been ruled out of a total of 14 United matches this season due to various issues.