Eric Bailly

Bailly confirms return to training

Tuesday 20 April 2021 09:19

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has confirmed that he has returned to the club after his recent COVID-19-enforced lay-off.

The Ivorian has had to sit out of all five of our games since the international break, having tested positive for coronavirus while with his national team at the beginning of this month.

That news was originally made public by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the 2-1 victory over Brighton on Easter Sunday, with the Norwegian saying then that Bailly had not yet come back to the UK.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have continued to partner each other in the centre of defence in Bailly's absence, with Axel Tuanzebe performing impressively in place of our suspended captain for last Thursday's 2-0 win over Granada.

However, it looks like the 27-year-old will be in contention for the run-in as Eric used Instagram to post a picture of himself at the Aon Training Complex on Monday.

"Back to training," read Bailly's accompanying caption. "Excited to be back with the team very soon.

"Thanks for all the concern and support messages after being diagnosed with COVID."

Bailly has played 15 games for the Reds this season, with eight of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

His most recent showing, during March's 1-1 draw with AC Milan at Old Trafford, was Eric's 100th appearance for the club.