Eric Bailly is about to return to training for Manchester United.

Bailly hasn’t played since November, after picking up an ankle injury while on international duty with the Ivory Coast.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the defender will return to training on Friday. He probably won’t be risked for the FA Cup tie with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, but he could play a part in United’s Champions League game with Sevilla on Wednesday.

United have conceded the fewest goals of any team in the Premier League this season (19). However, they have missed Bailly in recent weeks.

The performances of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at central defence have been criticised following away defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. Jones scored an own-goal against Spurs at Wembley, and Smalling gave away the free-kick which led to Newcastle’s goal after getting booked for diving near the half-way line.

Bailly’s last appearance for the team was the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the start of November.

United fans will be happy to have him back, as they had been calling for his return recently.

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