The Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly had missed Manchester United’s come-from-behind victory against Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday. A lot of eyebrows were raised after he was not named in the match day squad. After the match, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer informed that the 26-year-old defender had tested positive for coronavirus during his international duty. With the centre-back looking unlikely to be available anytime soon, United must prepare themselves for life without Bailly in the near future.
“Unfortunately he won’t be with us for a little while,” Solskjaer said at his post-match press conference. Bailly, who was tested positive for coronavirus during international duty, has not yet returned to England. “He’s been away with Ivory Coast and he tested positive with COVID and he’s not back in the country yet,” Ole added.
Bailly has endured a mixed season as he struggled to establish a regular starting spot. The Ivory Coast defender’s last appearance for the Red Devils came in the 1-1 draw against AC Milan in their round-of-16 first-leg tie. In total, he has featured in 15 games this season and eight of them were in the Premier League.
The defender joins United striker Anthony Martial in the injury list. Martial could very well be absent for a longer period compared to the Ivory Coast centre-back. The 25-year-old had sustained his injury while representing France on international duty.
“Unfortunately he’s sprained his knee with France… losing Anthony for what might be the rest of the season is very disappointing, especially when the reports and signals are from there that it wasn’t [anything] serious, but it looks a bad one, yeah,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
With a Europa League quarter-final clash against Granada on Thursday and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur coming next Sunday, these two players will be missed dearly by Manchester United.