Eric Bailly with his arm around two coaches.

Confirmed: Injury updates on Bailly and Rashford

Sunday 28 April 2019 19:56

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford, after both players were forced off against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Ivory Coast international Bailly was one of five players who were recalled to the starting XI on Sunday, to make his first appearance since the UEFA Champions League win away at Paris Saint-Germain on 6 March.

Our no.3 was performing well in central defence alongside Victor Lindelof and impressing against the Blues' attack. However, a collision with Mateo Kovacic on 68 minutes left him on the ground and holding his knee.

After several minutes of medical attention, Eric was helped off the pitch and up the players' tunnel to the dressing room.

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Speaking in our interview after the final whistle, Solskjaer gave an update on Bailly's condition. 

"He will need a scan tomorrow but I don't think it is the worst knee injury you can have," the manager told us. "He will be out for the rest of the season, I don't think we will see him again before next season.

"But he is a warrior, he played well today, he was calm, he was composed and it was just unfortunate that he had to come off."

This latest injury is another blow for Bailly at the end of a campaign that has been hampered by fitness problems.

Eric will miss our final Premier League matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, according to Solskjaer. As such, the former Villarreal defender looks certain to finish the campaign with 18 appearances to his name across all competitions, with only seven of those coming in the 2019 calendar year.

Solskjaer also confirmed that Rashford had to be taken off due to an injury. 

The Academy graduate played for 65 minutes at Old Trafford before Alexis Sanchez took his place up front. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, the manager provided this update: "Rashy’s struggled with his shoulder and he came through an hour, but couldn’t do more."

It remains to be seen whether the forward will be fit to face Huddersfield next Sunday, 5 May.

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