Manchester United defender Eric Bailly collided with Harry Maguire in the FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea on Sunday evening and required a stretcher to leave the field.
The Ivorian started in a back three alongside Maguire and Victor Lindelof, but shortly before the 45-minute mark he went down after colliding with Maguire as the captain entered a 50/50 with Olivier Giroud.
Bailly was initially able to play on, and even after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided not to take any chances and replaced him with Anthony Martial, he initially refused a stretcher, walking off the pitch with the assistance of the club’s medical staff.
He was clearly unsteady on his feet, however, and appeared to collapse at the side of the pitch. He was so close to the field of play that Mike Dean refused to resume action as he was treated, resulting in more than 11 minutes of stoppage time being played.
The nature of the injury is unclear. The initial concern appeared to be with an open gash on his head, but his neck had to be secured with a brace – though that is normal practice when there is even the slightest suspicion of a neck or spinal injury.
There may also be concerns of concussion, given how unstable he appeared as he left the pitch.
The exact extent of the injury is unclear as yet, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did confirm after the game that he has gone to hospital for further assessment, so an update is to be expected on Monday.
United conceded the opener to Olivier Giroud shortly after Bailly’s untimely exit, and went on to lose 3-1, with an error from David de Gea shortly after half-time allowing Mason Mount to double Chelsea’s lead.
A Harry Maguire own-goal put the game beyond doubt, before Bruno Fernandes’ penalty acted as some consolation for Solskjaer’s team.