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France staff optimistic over Raphael Varane’s injury

Manchester United's French defender Raphael Varane (C) is consoled by Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag (R) as he leaves the pitch after picking up an injury during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on October 22, 2022

The France team’s medical staff are optimistic about the injury Raphael Varane suffered against Chelsea, according to L’Equipe.

The Manchester United defender came off in the 60th minute after over-stretching to clear the ball before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could reach it.

Varane walked off the pitch in tears with the club physio and doctor. After tests, he was diagnosed with a lesion of the biceps femoris.

However, Varane has not given up on his dreams of the tournament next month. He believes there is still a chance for him and Les Bleus are also positive.

The central defender’s thigh injury is not as bad as everyone feared. There is a high chance he will make Didier Deschamps’ squad for the 2022 World Cup.

The injury usually takes three to four weeks to heal. Varane can still make the trip to Qatar, but he may miss France’s opening game against Australia on November 22.

Deschamps will reveal the players to join him in Qatar on November 14, a week before the tournament begins. They will fly out to Qatar a few days later.

France will hope the defensive stalwart can recover in time for the tournament. The staff believe that a return for the former Real Madrid is possible but not set in stone.

The 29-year-old is one of the most experienced players in the squad, and with the team dwindling defensively, they will need all his experience.

France are sweating on injuries to several of their defensive personnel. Goalkeeper Mike Maignan is battling a calf injury and is desperate to recover.

Presnel Kimpembe and Lucas Hernandez are also dealing with injuries. They will struggle to get match fit before the World Cup kicks off.

In midfield, Paul Pogba has returned to first-team training with Juventus. He has enough time to get fit and firing.

However, it is not the same for his midfield partner N’Golo Kante. The 31-year-old is out for four months and will miss the World Cup. He won’t return to the pitch until next year.

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