Manchester United could be without Eric Bailly for the start of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign as our centre-back went down with a knee injury during our pre-season victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.
The 25-year-old went down within the opening 10 minutes of the game and was replaced by Axel Tuanzebe in our 2-1 win. Bailly has been plagued with injuries ever since he joined us from Villarreal in 2016.
We kick off the new season versus Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday 11 August and it looks as though the Ivorian defender won’t be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI against the Blues.
Speaking to MUTV after the friendly, the boss gave an update on Eric Bailly’s injury, saying:
“It seems that he’s twisted his knee so we just have to do some scans and checks on him.
“At first sight, it doesn’t look great but let’s see how it goes.”
Eric Bailly missed this summer’s African Cup of Nations due to an injury picked up against Chelsea back in April. He was limited to only 12 Premier League appearances last season, largely due to injuries.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does have a lot of options at centre-back, with Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe all available. And the Norwegian boss could have another before then as reports suggest we’re closing in on the signing of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.