By Ben Dinnery

10th Jun, 2022 | 4:29pm

Expert issues 'unprecedented' Raphael Varane claim after new Man United blow

Raphael Varane must get a full pre-season with Man United to avoid “increased” injury risk in the 2022-23 season after two “unprecedented” campaigns.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Varane limped off after 61 minutes last Friday (3 June) as France were beaten 3-1 by Denmark in the Nations League.

The Man United star has been replaced by Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate in Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus squad.

Varane, who made just 26 starts for the Red Devils in 2021-22, endured an injury-plagued campaign after joining from Real Madrid in August 2021.

Dinnery suggested Man United will be trying to “mitigate risk” of further injuries during pre-season.

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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “There are no guarantees within football – you will always pick up injuries.

“But there are always ways to mitigate risk to try and prevent injuries – and that is what Man United will be trying to do with Raphael Varane this summer.

“He’s coming off the back of two heavily disrupted, unprecedented seasons – with a European Championships in the middle.

“The scheduling shows us that you can’t underestimate the importance of a solid pre-season. That cornerstone of training time and matches ahead of a long season will help you tolerate those demands.

“If his pre-season is disrupted again – he’s certainly under increased risk of suffering a setback.

“He will be using this opportunity to get some much-needed rest. He’ll rejoin his teammates for pre-season and get that under his belt.

“Hopefully that will set him up really well for the upcoming campaign.”

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