Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has revealed centre-back Eric Bailly may need surgery on the “serious” ankle injury that has kept him out of action since early November.

Speaking after his side’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, Mourinho said that surgery could not be ruled out for the centre-back.

‘I think it’s serious,’ said the coach.

‘We are trying a conservative treatment, but if he might have a surgical procedure, probably the doctor can inform.

‘It’s not a problem for me, we don’t want to speak about it.’

Asked if Bailly, United’s best defender, could potentially miss the rest of the season, Mourinho replied: ‘I don’t want to be pessimistic, I want to leave it with the doctor.

‘Tonight, we played with (Chris) Smalling and (Phil) Jones, with (Victor) Lindelof on the bench.

‘Marcos Rojo is injured but nothing really big, so all season we have problems with central defenders.’ – Online