Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that defender Eric Bailly will miss up to five months of action due to a knee injury.
The Red Devils defender went down injured last week in the friendly match with Tottenham and scans have now finally shown the extent of the damage.
Bailly has already undergone knee surgery after the incident in the International Champions Cup and Solskjaer is hoping to have him back in the squad for the Christmas fixtures. “Eric has had an operation and will be out for four to five months,” Solskjaer said.
“Hopefully we’ll have him back around Christmas time. It was positive news from the surgeon, he had the operation this morning. He was positive it was all repaired and that he’ll be fine.”
Bailly continues to struggle with injuries and he only entered last Thursday’s game during half-time. He was soon replaced after just nine minutes and the Ivory Coast international had only just returned from a knee injury he suffered in April.
The 25-year-old missed the Africa Cup of Nations due to a medial ligament issue and United may now push through the Harry Maguire transfer. United have had previous bids rejected by Leicester City, but Bailly’s setback may force their hand during the next round of talks.
United may need to pay up to £90million for the England international but they will be hopeful he is part of their squad for the first game of the season against Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s men will host the Blues and they are 2.20 to win, the draw is 3.40, while Chelsea are the slight outsiders at odds of 3.30.