Axel Tuanzebe hailed Eric Bailly as Manchester United’s “warrior” after his injury in the FA Cup third-round win against Watford.
The Ivorian centre-back was forced off just before half-time after taking a knee to the neck from goalkeeper Dean Henderson as he cleared a ball.
But Tuanzebe revealed Bailly was fine in the United dressing room after the game and hopes he will be back training next week.
“He’s alright, it’s good to see, he’s a warrior, he gets in the way of things. It’s good to see he’s alright and I’m sure he’ll be training this week,” Tuanzebe told MUTV.
Bailly and Tuanzebe had started together at centre back in the 1-0 win, with Tuanzebe joined by Harry Maguire for the second half.
United’s progression to the fourth round was unconvincing, but Tuanzebe insisted they were just happy to get the job done.
“That’s what we said after the game, we’re through, sometimes games like this are scrappy, there were a lot of changes so it can be hard to get the rhythm and pattern of play,” he said.
The academy graduate was making only his fourth start of the season and while he wants more games, he accepts it’s difficult to break into a side that is performing so well at the moment.
“I’m feeling alright. I would love to get more minutes so I can keep my performances up, the team are doing well so the only way to get in is by playing well with the opportunities I do get,” said Tuanzebe.
“Sometimes it can come out of the blue, the main thing today is we kept a clean sheet and won the game.”