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Eric Bailly pictured in a wheelchair

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The Manchester United man was pictured with a knee brace in a wheelchair on the teams return to Manchester.

The team returned to Manchester earlier today after completing the Australia, Singapore and China leg of their preseason tour.

As Mirror Sport reported Bailly was not looking in too good a shape as he was wheeled out of the airport terminal by security.

The results on the pitch made for good reading and the work rate off it showing signs of improvement on last season. However, in the last game in China against Spurs, the result for Bailly appears catastrophic.

After only a few minutes on the pitch, he was stretchered off. It appeared he was in significant distress.

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not painting a picture of outright doom and gloom. He did admit that it did not look good for the Ivory Coast international.

The full extent of the injury will be assessed in the coming days by the medical staff at the AON training complex

Bailly has only just returned after missing a substantial part of the later stages of last season. He also missed this year’s African Cup of Nations. It was again a knee injury.

His United career has been a rather stop-start affair. If it wasn’t an injury it was a calamitous error. Either way both resulted in a time out of the team.

Solskjaer has said on the tour that he has six centre backs at his disposal. While all have impressed. The only one of the distinct class they need was Victor Lindelof

This turn of events may now push United’s hand in the transfer market. Their quest for a new centre-back may have now become a priority rather than a possibility.

It’s no secret that Harry Maguire is top of that list.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 17: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manager of Manchester United talks with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly as players walk from the field at half time during a pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)