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Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could return early from knee injury

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly targeting November return despite being ruled out until Christmas with knee injury

  • Eric Bailly underwent knee surgery in this summer’s pre season in Shanghai
  • Early treatment has gone well and the Ivorian could return in November
  • Bailly’s return will come as a welcome boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Aaron Wan-Bissake, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial all have fitness concerns  
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Manchester United’s Eric Bailly is hoping to make a return to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having missed the start of the season with a knee injury. 

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The defender picked up the injury during a pre season friendly with Tottenham Hotspur in Shanghai. United boss Solskjaer had ruled out a return for the Ivory Coast international until December at the earliest. 

However, according to ESPN, Bailly is targeting an early return to the fold after early treatment is reported to have gone well for the 25-year-old.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could return early from knee injury

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could return early from knee injury 

The former Villarreal player hasn’t completed a competitive appearance for United since April this year owing to a knee injury.

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Bailly’s return will come as a boost to Solskjaer, who has looked to shore up his defence over the summer. Victor Lindelof and new signing Harry Maguire have looked relatively settled in United’s central defensive pairing.

Meanwhile, the fitness of Aaron Wan-Bissaka may be of concern to the United boss after his starting right back withdrew from the England squad. Luke Shaw has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury while Anthony Martial missed the Southampton game with a thigh problem.