Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Eric Bailly could require a surgery to his ankle injury.
The defender suffered the injury in October during Cote d'Ivoire's stalemate with Mali in a World Cup qualifying game.
And according to the Portuguese tactician, the former Villarreal man who last featured for the Old Trafford outfit on November 5 may go under the knife.
"I think his injury is serious," Mourinho told club website after their victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
"I don’t know [how long he will be out] but his is an injury that comes from the last time he went with the international team and then we are trying a conservative treatment.
“But, if the conservative treatment is not resulting, probably he will have a surgery procedure but let’s wait a little bit more."
The 23-year-old has only featured ten times this season for the Europa League champions.
They trail Manchester City with 11 points and will be looking to close the gap on their rival when they clash with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.