Mourinho Confirms Man Utd Star May Require Surgery On ‘Serious’ Injury

By on December 14, 2017

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Manchester United have received a huge blow after Jose Mourinho admitted Eric Bailly may require surgery on a ‘serious’ ankle injury.

Bailly hasn’t featured for United since the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at the start of November as he suffered an ankle problem while away with the Ivory Coast squad during the last international break.

The injury was initially only expected to keep Bailly on the sidelines for a short period but reports emerged last weekend suggesting the centre-back had suffered a setback in his recovery after being ruled out until at least February.

Mourinho has now provided an update on the 23-year-old’s situation after admitting that Bailly’s ankle injury is ‘serious’ and he may require surgery if the treatment doesn’t cure the problem.

However, the United boss refused to speculate over how long the Ivorian will be sidelined for amid fears he could be ruled out for the rest of the season if he’s forced to undergo the knife.

Speaking after last night’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth, Mourinho told ManUtd.com:

“I think his injury is serious. I don’t know [how long he will be out] but his is an injury that comes from the last time he went with the international team and then we are trying a conservative treatment. But, if the conservative treatment is not resulting, probably he will have a surgery procedure but let’s wait a little bit more.”

“I’m not a doctor, I think the doctor can inform [you]. There’s nothing to hide, but I don’t want to be speaking about it. I don’t want to be so pessimistic, I want to leave it with a doctor.”

United will now be sweating over whether Bailly manages to make sufficient progress over the coming days to avoid surgery as it would be a huge blow if he was forced to have an operation.

The good news for United is they have plenty of options at centre-back as Phil Jones made a successful return to action last night while Mourinho can also call upon Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and even Daley Blind.

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