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Jose Mourinho provides Eric Bailly injury update following Swansea City draw

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has been discussing Eric Bailly‘s injury following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

The Ivorian, making his eleventh successive start, battled hard for 60 minutes before pulling up soon after a clash with Fernando Llorente.

He was seen leaving Old Trafford with a heavily strapped ankle and could leave Mourinho, ahead of his side’s Europa League semi-final clash with Celta Vigo, with no recognised centre-backs at his disposal.

The 54-year-old, speaking after the game, couldn’t disclose the exact nature of Bailly’s injury but alluded to a potential rest for the defender following 960 straight minutes in a Man United shirt.

Eric Bailly I don’t know because he played every minute of the previous eight matches in April and today played 60 or 70 more,” he said.

United’s defensive injury crisis is now bordering on comical: Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and now Bailly are all unavailable.

Having five senior defenders injured at the same time, especially during the defining stage of a campaign, constitutes one huge middle finger from the footballing gods in Mourinho’s direction. Perhaps it is time for you – yes, you, the reader – to volunteer at centre-back.

Joking aside, Mourinho will be desperate to rush either Jones or Smalling back to the starting XI for the clash with Celta Vigo. He really is running out of options.

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