Cote d’Ivoire defender Eric Bailly misses Man United game due to COVID-19

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Manchester United defender Eric Bailly tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Cote d’Ivoire.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the revelation following his side’s 2-1 win against Brighton on Sunday in which Bailly did not feature at all.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly tested positive for COVID-19, after representing Cote d’Ivoire during the latest international break. /VCG

“Unfortunately he won’t be with us for a little while,” Solskjaer told journalists.

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

Bailly played in one of Cote d’Ivoire’s two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last month as The Elephants booked their place in next year’s tournament in Cameroon.

It is unclear whether the 26-year-old will be able to face Granada in the first leg of United’s Europa League quarterfinal scheduled for Thursday.

Coaches in Europe’s top leagues have previously expressed concerns about players being susceptible to contracting COVID-19 while representing their countries during international breaks.

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