Man United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that defender Eric Bailly will not require surgery after suffering another knee injury.
The 23-year-old has just returned from two months out with damaged ligaments in his right knee which he sustained against Chelsea on October 23.
As a result, after limping off in the win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night with an injury to his other knee, there were big fears that United may be without their summer signing for an extended period again.
However, Mourinho has confirmed that he expects the Ivory Coast international to return before the end of the year, although he will of course lose him in January to the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I don’t know how long. No surgery,” he told reporters, as noted by Sky Sports.
“By the movement on the pitch we thought meniscus but no. It’s a question to see the evolution.
“Hopefully we have him for these last two matches at home.”
Bailly has been a solid acquisition for the Red Devils to date, as he has impressed at the heart of the United defence and has a major role to play for Mourinho moving forward.
However, the Portuguese tactician will now be able to confidently rely on Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo to fill in as the pair played well in Bailly’s absence in recent weeks.
Although speculation continues to link Mourinho with bringing in another defender, it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be content with his options through January and wait until the summer or if he believes that his squad requires further strengthening to ensure that they finish in the top four at the very least.