Raphael Varane’s World Cup hopes hang by a thread after Manchester United defender’s injury

United boss Erik ten Hag has insisted the club’s doctors will need a day to assess the French defender, who was upset after hobbling out of the game.

Varane was left in tears, even hitting the corner flag in frustration as he walked off the pitch.

The 29-year-old’s reaction suggested a possibly bleak outlook, but boss Ten Hag refused to be fired too early on the prognosis.

Asked about Varane, Ten Hag replied: “There is nothing at the moment, he is out but with an injury like this you always have to wait a minimum of 24 hours and the doctors can do their job.

“I can understand, and I think we can probably all relate to him being emotional.

“Doctors have to do a job, do their assessment, make the correct diagnosis and from there we can come to a conclusion.”

Jorginho’s late penalty sent Chelsea battling for a win, before Casemiro equalized with a header from Luke Shaw’s cross four minutes into added time.

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro’s acrobatic header provided a passable impression of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was dismissed by Ten Hag for disciplinary misconduct.

Ten Hag hailed United’s draw but insisted the boost given to his side would have no impact on Ronaldo’s situation.

“Of course it’s a great moment, to get a point here, to get the point, a well-deserved point,” Ten Hag said.

“But it doesn’t matter with this case as you mean (Ronaldo).

“It’s more important to have the right culture and the right standards for us to live by. It will always bring you to the right position.

“I’m happy with this game, we created two or three very good chances and then they changed the system.

“After half-time we were organized again, on the ball. I thought 1-1 was a fair result.

“We have to live with that and I’m happy with that as well.”

Graham Potter’s unbeaten start as Chelsea manager extended to eight games thanks to Jorginho’s ruthless kick.

Chelsea started slow and were overtaken in the first half hour, leading Potter to snag Marc Cucurella in favor of Mateo Kovacic to facilitate a change of formation.

Potter admitted Kovacic continued to have a knee problem, leading the Blues to be cautious with their Croatian creator.

“The first 30 minutes United were better, they forced us back and we had to adapt to try and get another player in midfield,” Potter said.

“From that moment I thought we did well in the game, of course we are disappointed to concede but we didn’t do enough to win the game, I don’t think.

“Mateo has been nursing a knee problem for most of the season.

“So with the schedule of Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, it is impossible for him to start all the matches.

“We actually expected him to play less than he did.”


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