Were it not for injury, Eric Bailly would likely have played for Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain last night.
With Harry Maguire out, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer switching to a back three, the Ivorian would have hoped to start in the Parc des Princes.
Unfortunately for Bailly, for whom injuries have blighted his Old Trafford career, he was sidelined.
As it happened, it handed an opportunity to Axel Tuanzebe, another Red Devils defender who has struggled with his fitness in 2020.
He played on the right of that back three and offered a timely reminder of his quality.
Bailly watched on, and after the game the Manchester Evening News offered an update on his injury.
They claim Bailly has a muscular injury which will keep him out until after the November international break.
That’s another blow for Bailly, who just needs a run of games to get his fitness together and impress Solskjaer.
The good news for Solskjaer is Tuanzebe looks set to step in, having proved his own fitness last night.
United need a central defender with good recovery pace to partner Harry Maguire.
Bailly and Tuanzebe both fit the bill, but at the moment, it’s the latter who is the only one in contention to start.
United’s first game back after the November internationals is on 21st November against West Brom.
That’s exactly a month from today, and Solskjaer will hope Bailly can be fighting fit by then after yet another injury setback.
- Little margin for error as Solskjaer cannot afford Champions League early KO
- Solskjaer urged to make ‘cut throat’ team selections for Manchester United
- Manchester United now have fixture boost for next month’s Tottenham clash
- Teenager Harrison Parker appears to confirm United academy switch on Instagram
- Three Cristiano Ronaldo cup lessons for Manchester United
- Mason Greenwood’s electric impact shows what Anthony Martial is missing
- Alex Telles sends disappointed message to Manchester United fans
- United may have good squad depth but last night’s XI lacked leaders
- Patrice Evra thanks Manchester United as he completes his coaching badges