Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Eric Bailly could be out for an extended after what he deemed as a serious injury. The Ivory Coast international sustained a groin problem while training on international duty earlier last month, and he has since missed eight consecutive games for the Red Devils.
Mourinho’s side scrapped to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth last night courtesy of a first-half goal from Romelu Lukaku, and shortly after the game, the Portuguese tactician confirmed that the injury could be serious, potentially requiring a surgery.
“I think it is serious. I don’t know [how long he will be out]. It is an injury that came from the last time he was with the national team. We are trying a conservative treatment but if the treatment is not resulting then probably it will end in a surgery procedure but let’s wait a little bit more,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Bailly’s absence is a significant blow for United given he formed a brilliant partnership with Phil Jones early on where they kept six clean sheets in seven Premier League outings. Since then, one or the other has been on the sidelines, but Jones has provided a timely boost after recovering from a thigh strain of his own to start against Bournemouth.
The England international produced a good performance on his comeback, and he was kept more busy than he would have hoped with United’s forwards lacking the cutting edge in their play to finish the game off. The result sees United 11 points behind table-toppers Manchester City after 17 games into the campaign.