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Eric Bailly returns to Manchester United training

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The Ivorian defender has been out since October.

Chelsea v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Some good injury news from Manchester United, which feels like quite a rare thing to write. Even though United don't actually have that many injuries at the moment. Maybe that's just the default position of the football follower. Maybe the injury crisis is always there, even when it isn't. Maybe we've drifted from the subject.

Anyway! Eric Bailly, who limped out of the 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea with damage to his knee ligaments, is back in training ahead of schedule. Hooray.

The initial prognosis estimated that Bailly would miss two months, which would have meant a return around Christmas time. However, while he's definitely not going to make Wednesday's League Cup tie against West Ham, the Independent reckon he might be in with a chance of playing against Tottenham Hotspur on December 11.

Which would be most welcome. With Chris Smalling due back soon as well, the strange and enervating sight of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo lining up at the back may soon be but a dim and distant memory. It's not us that we're worried about, you understand. It's David de Gea. Poor lad must be getting quite the ulcer.