Knee injury rules Bailly out of 2019 AFCON

Manchester United were able to break their losing streak on Sunday, albeit in unremarkable fashion, with a 1-1 draw to Chelsea that more or less ended their hopes at Champions League football for next season.

Manchester United are facing a defensive selection headache after confirming Eric Bailly has been ruled out for their remaining two games with a knee ligament injury suffered against Chelsea at the weekend.

Bailly secured just his eighth start in the Premier League this season but the African centre-half lasted 71 minutes before he succumbed to injury.

The Cote d'Ivoire worldwide injured a ligament in a collision with Blues midfielder Matteo Kovacic during the second half.

After Marcus Rashford was forced off with a shoulder problem, Eric Bailly soon followed suit.

In the remainder of this season, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now facing something of an injury crisis in central defence after neither Chris Smalling nor Phil Jones were deemed fit enough to even make the bench against Chelsea.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed after the match that the 25-year-old would not feature again for his club this season and the damage is severe enough to mean Bailly can not take part in Ivory Coast's matches in Egypt when the 2019 continental tournament begins in June. The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is scheduled to take place from 21 June to 19 July in Egypt.

As things stand, it leaves Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo, who was arguably fortunate to escape without a red card on Sunday for a reckless and unsafe tackle on Willian soon after replacing Bailly, as the club's only available first team centre-backs.


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