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Man United's horror week gets even worse as Bailly is ruled out for two months

The Ivorian defender’s absence will be a major blow for Jose Mourinho.

Eric Bailly battles for possession with Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.
Eric Bailly battles for possession with Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.
Image: John Walton

THINGS HAVE GONE from bad to worse for Manchester United after it was revealed that central defender Eric Bailly will be out for up to two months with a knee injury.

Bailly has arguably been United’s most impressive summer signing in a mixed campaign to date and picked up the injury in the second half of Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It is believed that the Ivorian defender has suffered a lateral knee ligament injury and will be out of action until the busy Christmas schedule, before he likely heads on international duty in mid-January for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bailly, who joined Jose Mourinho’s side in June in a £30m (€34m) switch from Villareal, could miss up to nine Premier League matches, including fixtures against Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton, as well as three games in the Europa League.

Manchester United take on rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup tomorrow night (8pm).

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