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Manchester United defender Raphael Varane to miss several weeks with a muscular injury, Jonny Evans also out of Bournemouth game

Manchester United have been dealt a double injury blow with Raphael Varane set to miss several weeks of action due to a muscular injury, while Jonny Evans will be unavailable for selection when the Red Devils take on Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on Saturday due to a knock, according to the club’s official website.

The centre-backs both got injured in the 4-3 defeat to Chelsea last week, with the summer returnee replacing the Frenchman at half-time following his injury.

Unfortunately, Evans only lasted 20 minutes due to a muscular injury too, and manager Erik ten Hag will hope to have both of them back as soon as possible as Man United look to secure a Champions League berth for next season.

Varane is not expected back in action until next month, while the Northern Ireland international could be available for the FA Cup semi-final game against Coventry City next weekend.

Victor Lindelof and Lisandro Martinez have already been ruled out for a month, while left-backs Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia remain unavailable as Man United’s defensive injuries worsen.

Ten Hag will have to stick with the centre-back pairing of Harry Maguire and Willy Kambwala until further notice, and the teenage defender will be desperate to make the most of this opportunity having impressed against Chelsea and Liverpool.

Injuries have been a recurrent theme at the Old Trafford club this term, with only a handful of the first-team stars managing to escape visits to the treatment room since the beginning of the campaign.

With the FA Cup and a Champions League spot still to play for, Man United could do with their best and most important players available between now and the end of the campaign, and Ten Hag will be praying for better news in the coming weeks.

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