Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is sweating over the injury status of first-team defender Eric Bailly ahead of his team’s trip to Watford on Sunday. The Red Devils are desperate to bounce back after suffering two defeats on the trot against Manchester City and Feyenoord.
Bailly got himself involved in a collision against a Feyenoord attacker during the first half of the Europa League encounter. Despite being able to finish the game, United were on the receiving end of a 1-0 defeat, according to ESPN.
The 22-year-old was treated on the pitch by the club doctors. He was seen limping during certain sections of the game. But, he was not substituted and played the entire 90 minutes.
The man from Bingerville, Ivory Coast will be treated by the club doctors on Friday. Based on this report, Mourinho will make the decision of including the $39 million summer signing on his trip to Vicarage Road, as reported by Manchester Evening News.
Goalkeeper David De Gea and Bailly are the only two players who have started each and every game for United until now. Against Feyenoord, both the players survived to make the cut amidst wholesale changes made by Mourinho.
The 53-year-old manager made eight changes to his first XI which faced Manchester City last weekend. Five players were handed their first starts of the season under the news gaffer.
Club captain Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia, who were not included in the Europa League traveling squad, will return back to first-team action against Watford. It has to be noted that Shaw and Valencia’s absence was felt by the United team against Feyenoord.
Daley Blind, who was also not played in the Europa League match, is also expected to make his return back to first-team action on Sunday.
If Bailly is ruled out of the weekend Premier League encounter, it will be Blind who will partner Chris Smalling at the heart of the defense. England international Smalling was handed his first start of the season against Feyenoord on Thursday.
New summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan will also miss the trip to Watford. The Armenian is currently recovering from a thigh injury. Defender Phil Jones has also been ruled out for a month after suffering a ligament problem in the knee.
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