Man United announces Bailly out for season, AFCON with knee injury

Bailly has been beset by injury problems this season but returned to action yesterday for his first game since the start of last month.

Manchester United's defender Eric Bailly suffered a serious injury during the game against Chelsea, as he was going in for a tackle.

Manchester United have confirmed that defender Eric Bailly has been ruled of action for the remaining two games of the Premier League season with a knee injury.

The Ivory Coast worldwide was enjoying an impressive afternoon's work as he looked assured at the back for the Red Devils as they battled to a 1-1 draw with fourth-placed Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Despite that, United ended their game with two injuries to worry about, with both Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly forced to withdraw.

That was Bailly's first league start since February 3, but now he is ruled out of Manchester United's remaining matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, the club confirmed on Monday. The length of his overall recovery process is unclear, but the Africa Cup of Nations run from 21 June to 19 July and he won't be available for that.

As things stand, it leaves Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo, who was arguably fortunate to escape without a red card on Sunday for a reckless and unsafe tackle on Willian soon after replacing Bailly, as the club's only available first team centre-backs.

  • Angelo Rivera