Manchester United's Eric Bailly (C) and Marcus Rashford (R) attend a training session
Friday Feb 16, 2018. 19:00
Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly looks to be on course to return to Manchester United’s first team next week.
ESPN reports that the 23-year-old centre-back is working hard to be fit for the Red Devils’ UEFA Champions League last 16, first leg clash away to Sevilla on Wednesday, February 21.
Bailly has been absent from United’s team since early November and underwent surgery on a troublesome ankle in December last year.
In his absence, the Red Devils’ defence has looked less and less assured, with the pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones coming in for increasing criticism.
Last weekend the pair saw Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie score the only goal as Man United slumped to a 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.
Bailly’s return cannot come soon enough, though he will more than likely miss this weekend’s FA Cup clash away to Huddersfield Town.