Eric Bailly’s rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury is going very well and he could be set to return early for Manchester United’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur on December 11, reports The Independent.
The £30m-man has been missing since injuring his knee ligament at Stamford Bridge during Man United’s 4-0 loss to Chelsea and was expected to be out until the end of the festive fixture pile-up in December.
However, the suggestion now is that his rehabilitation is going so well that he’ll be back in action sooner rather than later. Strangely enough, this is both excellent and bad news for United.
On the one hand, it’s great to see Bailly is recovering well and that no complications have appeared during his rehab so far. That’s always a good sign and we’ve been desperately missing his aggression at the heart of defence, least not with our 2-1 defeat away to Fenerbahce. On the other hand, if Bailly does indeed return in the early part of December then that means he’ll be fully fit come the start of January, so he’d be likely to go away for the whole month to the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
United then might find themselves in a catch-22 situation with Bailly. Delay his return by a few games to make sure he stays in January or bring him back in for the December fixture rush – it will all depend on how his recovery continues but it’s a tricky situation.