Manchester United Football Club will be without Eric Bailly for the next two to three months, according to Jose Mourinho.
The Ivory Coast star, who signed for the Red Devils last summer, has to go under the knife regarding an injury issue, ruling him out until February at the very earliest.
Mourinho met the media for his pre-match West Bromwich Albion press conference, and confirmed the unfortunate news in the build-up to the game against the Baggies.
“Bailly goes to surgery – the decision is made. I don’t say [he’s out] for the rest of the season but it’s for the next two or three months.” Mourinho told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“But now we have [Phil] Jones back and we have [Chris] Smalling, even [Daley] Blind, so it’s a position we have good cover in but of course we’ll miss the player.”
It’s a real shame. Bailly was comfortably our best defender during his debut season, which was surprising given the fact that he’s still young. He’s only going to get better, but, he’s already suffered a couple of injuries that have ruled him out for large portions of the current campaign – resulting in him playing just ten games so far.
Once again, the international break injury curse strikes. It’s frustrating that United always seem to suffer from one player getting injured while playing for their respective countries, but I guess there isn’t an awful lot we can do about it.
Thankfully, we do have depth in that area, though. Phil Jones is playing well, Victor Lindelof is improving, Marcos Rojo is returning from injury and Chris Smalling is looking sharp.