Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will be off for about 3 months, coach Jose Mourinho confirmed after the defender sustained a serious ankle injury.
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The Ivory Coast international footballer forged a solid partnership with Phil Jones this season, and has recorded series of awesome performances before the devastating injury. He hasn’t featured since early November, and will now undergo operation to improve his chances of returning to first team action.
In his interview with MUTV, the Portuguese tactician stressed that Eric will be missed by teammates, club management and fans.
Mourinho confirmed United’s decision for Eric after the club management deliberated on the 23-year-old’s health. He spoke after the popular English team’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, saying it’s a “very serious injury.”
Speaking to MUTV as the club prepares for Sunday’s Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion, Mourinho said, ‘Bailly will definitely go under the knife. The club has made the decision, but it doesn’t mean he won’t play for the rest of this season.’
The 54-year-old coach continued, ‘It might take about 2 or 3 months for him to gain full recovery.’
Mou assured fans that United have quality replacements left at the back line, pointing out Jones, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind.
‘His position as a defender is an important one…but there’s good news because we have good covers. Yet, we will miss Eric a lot,’ said the former Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid coach.
Marcos Rojo, who suffered a knock to the head, and Marouane Fellaini (knee injury) are speculated to miss this weekend’s game.
Paul Pogba will serve out his last suspension, and Luke Shaw, for his recent explosive performance against Bournemouth, will likely fill in again for the Frenchman after staying on the sidelines since April.