Eric Bailly lasted less than an hour on his return to football at Manchester United after he suffered a knock to his ankle in the Premier League 2 clash with Everton on Monday evening.
As reported by Goal, the Ivorian defender was making his comeback from the Africa Cup of Nations, after the Elephants were eliminated in the early stages of the competition.
The former Villarreal defender had not featured for the Red Devils since December 31, but could only manage 58 minutes in the reserve fixture.
Commiserations to Eric Bailly, whose Ivory Coast side have been knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-0 defeat to Morocco. pic.twitter.com/NWxs1v0h7Y
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 24. siječnja 2017.
Bailly suffered the knock after making a burst down the right which resulted in United getting a penalty and equalising against the Toffees.
U23 interim boss Nicky Butt was quick to withdraw the usual first team regular in what was his first taste of English football in 2017
Jose Mourinho will be praying that the knock is nothing serious with United set to embark on a busy schedule of fixtures in the next month.
United take on Hull on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford, followed by a trip to the Midlands on Sunday to face under-performing champions, Leicester City.
The Europa League also restarts in February with the Red Devils taking on French side St Etienne over two legs, so Mourinho will be desperate to have his squad fully fit so he can rotate effectively.
Bailly was a regular in the United team at the start of the season following his big money move but injuries sadly limited his participation.
Since his departure for national duty, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have deputised admirably in the heart of defence, but Mourinho will be eager to not have one of his rising stars condemned to the treatment table once again.