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Jose Mourinho says Man Utd's Eric Bailly could need surgery to cure ankle injury

Manchester United's Eric Bailly
Image: Eric Bailly has not played for Manchester United since November 5

Eric Bailly may need surgery on an ankle injury that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has now confirmed is "serious".

The centre-back has missed eight consecutive matches and last featured for United in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea on November 5.

Bailly sustained the problem on international duty and Mourinho could not say whether or not he might miss the rest of the season.

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"I think it is serious. I don't know [how long he will be out]," Mourinho said after beating Bournemouth 1-0 at Old Trafford.

"We are trying a conservative treatment but if the treatment is not resulting then probably it will end in a surgery procedure but let's wait a little bit more.

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"I don't want to be so pessimistic [as to say he might be out for the season]. I want to leave it with a doctor. I'm not a doctor. There's nothing to hide, but I don't want to be speaking about it.

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"Today, I played [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones and we had [Victor] Lindelof and [Daley] Blind on the bench. Marcos Rojo was injured [against Manchester City] but nothing really big.

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"During the whole season, we've had problems with central defenders but, because the number is four or five, we manage always to have [players available].

"Chris Smalling is playing amazingly well for seven or eight matches in a row maybe, so we are fine."

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