Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will be sidelined for the foreseeable future after having knee surgery.
The 25-year-old center-back suffered a knee injury against Tottenham during a pre-season friendly in China last week.
The initial signs were not good and now Bailly may not play again in 2019, having also battled knee problems during an injury-plagued 2018-19 season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the news after watching his side scrape past Norwegian outfit Kristiansund 1-0 in Oslo on Tuesday.
“Eric has had an operation and will be out for four to five months,” he said.
“Hopefully we’ll have him back around Christmas time.”