Raphael Varane

Raphael Varane suffers foot injury on France duty

Jude Summerfield
Varane picked up an injury against the Ivory Coast
Varane picked up an injury against the Ivory Coast / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Didier Deschamps has revealed Raphael Varane was substituted during France's 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast on Friday night due to a foot injury.

The Manchester United defender was brought off just before the hour mark for the debuting William Saliba, with Aurelien Tchouameni later scoring a winner in injury time after Nicolas Pepe and Olivier Giroud had netted in the first half.

After the game, Les Bleus boss Deschamps revealed the reasoning behind the switch, stating: "He had a little problem with his foot." He did not reveal the extent of the knock and whether he would miss any games, but Varane was seen jogging off the pitch.

The former Real Madrid defender's maiden season in England has been disrupted by injuries, appearing in only 17 of United's 29 Premier League games so far this campaign.

The Red Devils are currently embroiled in a battle for a top four place and any potential Varane absence would be a major blow for their Champions League hopes. They face Leicester at Old Trafford following the international break before games against Everton and Norwich.

United are currently four points behind Arsenal who currently occupy fourth place, though they have played a game more than their rivals.

Aside from Varane, United have no other injury concerns. Should he miss a game or two, Victor Lindelof would be expected to fill in alongside club captain Harry Maguire.

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