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Bailly injury news deepens Old Trafford gloom

Old Trafford is not a happy place to be right now. Monday night’s home draw with Arsenal condemned Manchester United to their worst start to a league campaign for 30 years, and all the early season optimism surrounding the club has long since dissipated.

And, to make matters worse, news have emerged that defender Eric Bailly is likely to be out of action for longer than originally hoped.

The 25-year old Ivory Coast international picked up a bad knee injury during a match with Spurs during their pre-season tour of the Far East. He underwent surgery in August, and initially it was thought that Bailly would be fit to return for the busy Christmas fixtures.

However, now it looks like it will not be until 2020 until he pulls on a United shirt again, with one source saying “It will be a major surprise to see him back before the end of this year.”

Bailly has had a poor run with injuries since joining United from Villareal in 2016, and, apart from his debut season, has failed to make more than 13 Premier League starts in a campaign.

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