Bailly to miss three months due to ankle surgery

Comments()
The Ivory Coast international is set to miss an extended period of the season, having already been out since November

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he expects Eric Bailly to miss up to three months' worth of action as he requires surgery on an ankle injury.

The Ivory Coast international made a strong start to the season and formed a good partnership with Phil Jones.

But he has not featured since the start of November due to a problematic ankle and that now looks set to ruin much of the remainder of his season.

Mourinho revealed on Thursday that the centre-back's injury is serious and is likely to require surgery, something the Portuguese has now been able to confirm.

Speaking to MUTV ahead of the Red Devils' trip to West Brom on Sunday, Mourinho said: "He goes to surgery, the decision is made. 

Article continues below

"I don't say [he's out] for the rest of the season, but it's for the next two or three months."

Despite the blow of losing Bailly for such a prolonged period, Mourinho is at least able to rely on a number of other options, with Chris Smalling, Jones, Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe all capable of playing at centre-back.

Next article:
TMJ lauds Mauricio's qualities
Next article:
Vidic hails Ronaldo as ultimate professional ahead of Old Trafford return
Next article:
Gattuso must re-invent himself to improve mediocre Milan
Next article:
Stage is set for Icardi to take another giant leap forward against Barcelona
Next article:
ISL 2018-19: No sweat Bengaluru, Pune City look utterly lost
Close