Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed fears over Eric Bailly’s knee injury.
As quoted in ESPN journalist Rob Dawson’s tweet below, Solskjaer has said that the Ivorian has had a knee operation and is expected to be out for the next four or five months.
Bailly was stretched off in United’s victory over Spurs on Thursday.
It’s terrible luck for Bailly, who has been plagued by injuries at Old Trafford since joining from Villarrael three summers ago.
Bailly made a positive start to his United career but has not been able to maintain a place in the starting eleven following a string of injury setbacks.
There was a hope that the 25-year-old would play a more prominent role in Solskjaer’s set-up this season but this news means he won’t be around until at least Christmas.
Bailly’s injury only accentuates the need for the Reds to complete the signing of Harry Maguire with just days of the transfer window remaining. United cannot afford to rely on the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to partner Victor Lindelof again in central defence next season.
Solskjaer asked about Eric Bailly. Says he had a knee operation this morning and will miss the next "four or five months".
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) July 30, 2019