Man Utd star Eric Bailly given all-clear after being rushed to hospital with head injury but set to miss rest of season

ERIC BAILLY is returning to Manchester today after being given the all-clear following his head injury scare at Wembley.

The Manchester United star, 26, first clashed heads with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma with 39 minutes on the clock as they challenged for the ball in the FA Cup semi-final.

Eric Bailly has been given the all-clear to return to Manchester

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Eric Bailly has been given the all-clear to return to ManchesterCredit: EPA
The defender was stretchered off and taken to hospital at Wembley after clashing heads with team-mate Harry Maguire

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The defender was stretchered off and taken to hospital at Wembley after clashing heads with team-mate Harry MaguireCredit: Getty Images – Getty

After recovering relatively unscathed, Bailly then worried medical staff with ANOTHER hit just four minutes later.

The defender smacked into his own team-mate, Harry Maguire, as both players went up for the same ball.

Captain Maguire was left with blood on his face and was eventually bandaged up but it was the Ivorian who came off much worse.

Bailly had concussion and also felt pain in his neck.

He was sent for a scan and moved from a private hospital to St Mary’s in nearby Paddington for thorough checks.



 

But he was later released after being given the all-clear.

He returned to a hotel to spend the night in the capital before heading north today.

Now he looks likely to miss out on United’s final two Premier League games of the season due to strict Football Association rules.

Solskjaer changed his system when forced to replace Bailly, with attacker Anthony Martial taking his place.And they went on to concede the first goal of the game in the ELEVENTH minute of injury time at the end of the first period when David de Gea let Olivier Giroud’s near-post poke squeeze past him.

That was the first of three defensive blunders that cost United as Chelsea won 3-1 to earn a final showdown with Arsenal.


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And Solskjaer insisted Bailly’s injury had proved to be a turning point.

He added: “It had a big impact on the game, Eric played well and we conceded just after the restart and that was very disappointing.

“Eric was a big part of us not having any chances against us, really.

“Obviously the long lay-off was a big test and we didn’t pass it, because we lost our concentration and conceded a goal before half-time, which is disappointing.”

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