Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bailly on Brink

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bailly on Brink

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UNITED manager Jose Mourinho is hopeful Eric Bailly will return to the United squad against Brighton on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast defender did not play during the international week due to suspension but was unavailable for the visit of Newcastle at the weekend because of an injury. He has not travelled with the squad to Basel for United's Champions League clash tonight.

Bailly returned from a two-week lay-off last month but has already missed six games this season through injury.

Mourinho allayed concerns his injury was a significant one, though. "Bailly I think has a chance for the weekend," Mourinho said. The United manager added Phil Jones is unlikely to recover for the Premier League fixture against The Seagulls at Old Trafford.

"Jones does not play in Basel and I can say in advance he doesn't play the weekend, too," Mourinho added. …

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