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Man Utd defender Eric Bailly faces new spell on sidelines after Covid diagnosis

Manchester United centre-half Eric Bailly has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be absent for “a little while” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

The Ivorian played in both of his country’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Niger and Ethiopia during the March internationals.

Despite that he was absent from United’s squad as they saw off Brighton on Sunday night.

Bailly has struggled with injuries throughout his career at Old Trafford and will now spend more time on the sidelines.

The 26-year-old is set to miss their game Europa League against Granada and their league clash with Tottenham.

“With Eric, unfortunately he won’t be with us for a little while,” Solskjaer said.

Eric Bailly has tested positive for Covid-19

“He’s been away with the Ivory Coast and tested positive for COVID, so unfortunately he’s not back in the country yet.”

This is not the Red Devils’ first coronavirus case with Paul Pogba and Alex Telles among those to contract the virus.

Victor Lindelof partnered Harry Maguire, as he has done for much of the season, in United’s 2-1 win over Brighton.

They were forced to come from behind after Danny Welbeck gave the Seagulls an early lead.

Solskjaer added: “I thought we started well but when they scored, after that we couldn’t find our rhythm again and we needed half-time to compose ourselves and go again.

:Second half we played some good stuff. More runs in behind, more movement, better movement.

“Sometimes after international breaks it takes time – and then maybe the fireworks have to be lit at half-time.”




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