Man Utd’s Bailly tests positive for Covid-19 with spell on sidelines confirmed

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Eric Bailly has tested positive for Covid-19 in a big blow for Manchester United.

The defender contracted the virus while away on international duty with the Ivory Coast.

As a result, he missed Sunday's 2-1 Premier League victory over Brighton at Old Trafford.

After the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the news as he revealed: "Eric won’t be with us for a little while. He has tested positive for COVID."

United then posted a message on Twitter, adding: "Wishing you a speedy recovery, @EricBailly24 — we hope to see you soon."

The blow for the second-placed Red Devils means Bailly will not be available for upcoming games against Granada and Tottenham.

United face a crunch clash in the Europa League against their La Liga opponents in their quarter-final first leg on Thursday.

A trip to north London to take on former boss Jose Mourinho's Spurs side then follows next Sunday.

Bailly won't be part of the squad for either, and United are running low on players right now as we head into the final run-in.

Goalkeepers Lee Grant and David de Gea were both named on the bench for United to help make up their quota against Brighton.

Before kick-off, Solskjaer revealed how Anthony Martial's knee injury sustained on international duty with France is worse than first feared, as he may be out for the season.

To make matters worse, Marcus Rashford was forced off with 20 minutes to go against the Seagulls after equalising.

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