Ralf Rangnick is handed a major boost ahead of Manchester United’s game at Norwich with Raphael Varane set to return to full-contact training… and he could make the bench this weekend after recovering from groin injury
- Raphael Varane is ready to return to full-contact training with Man United
- The news comes as a huge boost for Ralf Rangnick ahead of the trip to Norwich
- Varane could even make the bench for the match on Saturday afternoon
- Against Young Boys, Rangnick moved Nemanja Matic back from midfield
Varane has been involved in non-contact training with his team-mates this week, but it has now been reported that the France international is ready to re-join full-contact sessions on Friday, ahead of the trip to Norwich on Saturday.
The Sun report that the 28-year-old has been given the green light, and he could even make the bench for Rangnick’s first away game in charge of the team.
Raphael Varane, pictured on Tuesday, is set to return to full-contact training on Friday morning
The former Real Madrid centre back’s return will be a huge boost for Manchester United
United travel to relegation-threatened Norwich, who are much-improved following the arrival of Dean Smith as manager and have recently moved off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Rangnick has so far had to cope without his best centre back, with Varane having not played a game since the first week of November.
He returned from international duty with France in October with a groin issue, but is now back to full fitness and ready to return to the team.
Ralf Rangnick is preparing for his first away game in charge of United, at Norwich on Saturday
Nemanja Matic played as a makeshift centre back against Young Boys earlier this week
The news will come as a huge boost for Rangnick with the matches coming thick and fast, and a trip to Brentford just three days after the Norwich game.
The German had to cope with a makeshift defence against Young Boys on Tuesday, moving Nemanja Matic back from his usual midfield berth to a centre back role alongside Eric Bailly.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were both rested for the dead-rubber game, and with Varane soon to return Rangnick will be blessed with more defensive options.