Manchester United handed possible boost ahead of crucial Chelsea clash

Raphael Varane’s injury against Brentford may not be as bad as first feared.

The French centre-back is optimistic about his chances of being fit for Manchester United’s upcoming Premier League clash against Chelsea on Thursday evening.

During Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford, Varane was substituted at halftime after seemingly hurting himself during a challenge with Bretford’s Ivan Toney. Despite his visible discomfort, he’s hoping to face the Blues.

Although not seen in United’s training images released on Tuesday, Varane remains hopeful of a swift recovery, encouraged by the five-day gap between matches.

Managing Varane’s fitness is crucial for United, especially with Liverpool visiting Old Trafford on Sunday and their lack of fit defenders.

Varane has faced challenges playing twice a week this season and acknowledged in an interview with L’Equipe that he’s “damaged” his body.

Varane’s potential return would provide a significant lift for United, who are already without centre-backs Lisandro Martinez (calf) and Victor Lindelof (hamstring) for a month.

Martinez picked up a muscular injury in training on Tuesday, stepping in for the injured Lindelof during the second half against Brentford.

Considering Martinez’s setback shortly after returning from an eight-week absence, United will carefully weigh the decision to include Varane in the lineup.

In Varane’s absence last weekend, Harry Maguire stepped in, having missed England’s friendly against Belgium due to an unspecified injury.

Additionally, Jonny Evans has been sidelined for United’s last two matches with a knock, while youngster Willy Kambwala is expected to be part of the squad against Chelsea.

Get Football | Alex Roberts

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