Lindelof brings Man United boost amid Varane and Maguire injuries – Manchester Evening News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can sleep a little easier tonight after watching Victor Lindelof come through his latest game for Sweden unscathed.

Manchester United have been dealt a double injury blow in the defensive ranks – losing Harry Maguire and former Real Madrid player Raphael Varane.

Maguire is expected to miss out against Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm).

Summer signing Varane won’t be available for selection, either, after the Old Trafford giants issued a statement on his condition this afternoon.

It’s expected that the World Cup winner will be out of action for ‘a few weeks’ after limping off at half-time during the Nations League showpiece against Spain.

Continuing on the road to Qatar, meanwhile, Lindelof captained Sweden to an important 2-0 Group B victory over Greece in Stockholm.

It’s a result that moves the Swedes into top spot ahead of Spain after six matches.

However, from a United perspective, the only thing that matters is that Lindelof was able to play the 90 minutes without picking up another injury to rub salt into the wounds for Solskjaer and his United team – especially with a tricky run of fixtures to come.

Aside from the Leicester contest, Lindelof and co take on Atalanta (twice), Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in the space of 25 action-packed days between October 16 and November 6.

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Varane is almost certain to miss the majority of those games, while an update on Maguire has yet to be provided after he missed out on the latest England squad with a calf issue. Lindelof and Eric Bailly are leading contenders to start at centre-back in their absence.

The 27-year-old won his 47th cap for Sweden as goals from Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isak did the damage.

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