By Ben Dinnery
Raphael Varane will be at high risk of suffering a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury at the World Cup and could miss even more games for Man United.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Erik ten Hag confirmed via club media this week (26 October) that Varane will not feature for Man United before the World Cup.
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The 29-year-old was forced off an hour into the 1-1 draw with Chelsea last week (23 October) with a hamstring injury.
“With the injury itself, a hamstring injury is always notoriously difficult to predict and be precise with when the player will be ready to return to play and perform,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“What I would say in regards to his domestic availability, that’s probably over until after the World Cup. When he will play for Man United again is after the World Cup.
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“In regards to his national team, there is a strong possibility that he will feature at the World Cup.
“But there is a high reoccurrence and high re-injury rates with this. Specifically in those first 28 days, four weeks, after the return to play. That’s when a player is at high risk of a setback.
“Decisions will have to be made on whether they are prepared to take that risk on the understanding that it is a hamstring injury that has kept him out for three or four weeks.
“That’s the current state of play. We’re always working on the assumption that the recovery and rehab process is going fairly smoothly and there hasn’t been a reaction.
“The decision will purely come down to what his fitness is like after missing a few weeks of competitive football. He should be injury free as it currently stands.”
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By Ben Dinnery