Eric Bailly provides an update on his injury at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Eric Bailly has provided an injury update after limping off during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, insisting that the knock isn’t too serious.

The Ivorian picked up a knee ligament injury against Chelsea back in October and returned in time for Man United’s 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk last week.

Bailly made his first Premier League appearance at Selhurst Park since returning from injury but went down with a knee problem after just four minutes. The 22-year-old, playing at right back, continued despite being in discomfort, only to be eventually forced off after 51 minutes.

The defender confirmed on his Facebook page that the knock would not keep him out for long.

“Happy to announce that my injury isn’t too serious,” he said. “Hope to be able to help my team again soon! Thank you for the support!”

Jose Mourinho, speaking to MUTV, also noted that Bailly’s injury “doesn’t look as serious as we first thought. Normally we hope to have him back for the Christmas period.”

Man United fans will be delighted to hear that the Ivorian’s injury will not, like first thought, lead to another extended spell on the sideline. Then again, the nature of his knock still provides cause for concern. This was, after all, a reoccurrence of his last injury, and it only took a few minutes for his knee to start acting as a source of trouble.

Knee injuries are always precarious afflictions. Bailly’s ability to play through the pain – “run it off, lad” – serves as a testament to his immense resolve. He’s probably play with an amputated arm if you asked him. But seeing him limp off after 51 minutes – not long after his leg, during the half-time period, has time to stiffen up.

Mourinho will have to be careful when it comes to once again reintroducing Bailly later down the line. Another episode like the one on Wednesday night could prove to be more serious.

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