Eric Bailly on the ball during the tour game against Leeds United.

Bailly faces spell on sidelines after operation

Tuesday 30 July 2019 20:51

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is set for a spell on the sidelines after undergoing an operation on Tuesday morning.

The Ivory Coast international injured his knee in the International Champions Cup victory over Tottenham and missed the subsequent flight to Oslo for the friendly against Kristiansund.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed at his post-match press conference, following the 1-0 victory in his homeland, that the central defender is unlikely to return until around Christmas time.

Eric Bailly is set to be sidelined for most of the remainder of 2019.

"He’s had an operation," Ole said. "He’ll miss the best part of four or five months. Hopefully, we’ll get him back around about Christmas.

"It was positive news from the surgeon, he had the operation this morning. He was positive it was all repaired and that he’ll be fine."

Everybody at United wishes Eric a speedy recovery.