Raphael Varane will be fit for World Cup after suffering an injury in Manchester United vs Chelsea
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane will be fit for the World Cup after picking up an injury against Chelsea in the Premier League on 22 October, according to L’Equipe (h/t Manchester Evening News).
The centre-back is back training on the carpet. Thus, the 29-year-old is set to be ready to feature for France in Qatar. And he has been a key player for them over the years,
It remains to be seen who Didier Deschamps decides to field on 23 November against Australia in the backline. Les Bleus also take on Denmark and Tunisia in Group D of the World Cup.
France are the current world champions. The triumph in Russia was their second in the prestigious tournament. Their first title came in 1998.
Varane was a crucial player for Deschamps in 2018. He played every minute of the tournament on their run to the final. Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 to lift the world title.
The 29-year-old was also an ever-present in 2014 in Brazil. However, the French were unable to go past Germany in the quarter-finals, losing 1-0.
Recently, during Euro 2020, Les Bleus were underwhelming. They crashed out of the competition in the round of 16 after Switzerland beat them on penalties.
Varane signed for the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer of 2021. However, his first season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick was underwhelming and marred by injuries.
Fortunately, the 29-year-old has returned to his best under Erik ten Hag. The France international replaced Harry Maguire in the starting lineup after the 4-0 loss to Brentford. And since then, the centre-back has formed a formidable partnership with Lisandro Martinez.
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The World Cup in Qatar will be Varane’s third if Deschamps elects to include him in the final squad. However, given his lack of match fitness, should he be selected, it remains to be seen if he will be thrust straight into the starting XI.