Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Eric Bailly will be out for a period of two to three months after he requires a surgery to recover from his ankle problem.
The centre-back has been out with the injury since the last international break with Mourinho stressing that the issue happened while training on international duty with the Ivory Coast.
Shortly after the Bournemouth win, Mourinho said that the injury was ‘serious‘, and he has now confirmed the Ivorian will undergo an operation which would keep him out for around 20 games.
“Eric is going for surgery. He won’t be out for the season but it will be two or three months.” he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
Bailly and Phil Jones were United’s main central defensive partnership for the first two months, where they kept six clean sheets in seven top-flight outings. Since then, the pair have suffered separate injuries of their own, although Jones has recently returned to the lineup.
Despite the defender’s setback, Mourinho is comfortable with the options at hand with the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and Daley Blind capable of slotting into the heart of the defence.
Manchester United will look to maintain or probably close the 11 point gap on leaders Manchester City when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.