Jose Mourinho has revealed that Eric Bailly has suffered a “serious” injury with Manchester United currently unsure how long the defender will be sidelined for.
During the 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night, United were again without Bailly, who has been out since early November with an unspecified injury.
Mourinho was unwilling to give details about the Ivory Coast international’s problem when asked after the game but admitted he could be facing a long lay-off with what the club have identified as an ankle injury.
He said: “I think it’s serious. We are trying a conservative treatment but if the conservative treatment is not resulting (in recovery), he will probably have a surgery procedure. But let’s wait a little bit more.”
Asked if it could prove a season-ending injury, Mourinho said: “I don’t want to be so pessimistic.
“I want to leave it with a doctor. Today, I played [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones and we had [Victor] Lindelof and [Daley] Blind on the bench. Marcos Rojo was injured [against Manchester City] but nothing really big.
“During the whole season, we’ve had problems with central defenders but because the number is four or five, we manage always to have [players available] and Chris Smalling is playing amazingly well for seven or eight matches in a row maybe, so we are fine.”