Confirmed: The severity of Bailly's knee injury

We can confirm that Manchester United defender Eric Bailly suffered a medial ligament injury on his right knee during Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

The problem means that the Ivory Coast international will not play for the Reds again this season, missing the remaining top-flight matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.

Furthermore, Bailly is also now unable to play in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

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The Africa Cup of Nations, held this year in Egypt, is the biggest tournament yet with 24 teams. It is also the first to be held in Europe's summer rather than January or February. It will take place from 21 June to 19 July.

Bailly had hoped to represent his nation in their group games against South Africa, Morocco and Namibia, but unfortunately his knee injury will not allow it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a selection headache at centre-back ahead of this Sunday's Premier League match at Huddersfield Town.

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both missed our last game against Chelsea due to fitness concerns. With Bailly now unavailable, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo are presumably the only fit defenders in those central positions. 

Ole may provide an update during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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