Ivorien international and Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, could be out for up to three months and needs surgery on an ankle injury, says manager Jose Mourinho.
The 23-year-old centre-back has not played for his club since the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on 5 November.
Bailly suffered the injury whilst he was on international duty with the Ivory Coast.
Mourinho said: “Eric is going for surgery. He won’t be out for the season but it will be two or three months.”
Mourinho started Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth, and, following that win, the Portuguese boss said he was happy with his options at centre-back.
“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] and Chris Smalling is playing amazingly well for seven or eight matches in a row maybe, so we are fine.”
Bailly was the first player to sign for United after Mourinho took over as manager, joining from Villarreal in the summer of 2016 for £30m.