€25m-rated Man United injured centre-back will return for November

Red Devils centre-back Eric Bailly is hopeful of making his comeback way ahead of schedule after undergoing successful knee surgery. Ivory Coast international damaged ligaments in his right knee during Man United’s pre-season match with Tottenham back in summer and Eric has been forced to miss the start of the season.

There were initial fears that Eric would be out until the new year, but the 25-year-old centre-back has made significant strides with his recovery. Ivorian defender hopes to be back training again in two months and is targeting a return to first-team action in November.

Though Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have nailed down the two defender spots in Eric’s absence, the Ivorian’s come back will be much welcomed by the Norwegian manager. Red Devils physio room has been a busy place, with Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot all suffering injuries in recent weeks.

Man United host Leicester City at Theatre of Dreams next weekend before their Europa League season begins at home to Kazakhstan Premier League club Astana. Jesse Lingard is expected to be available for Red Devils clash with the Foxes amid pulling out England’s squad due to an illness.

‘Frustrating that illness has meant I can’t be involved in these two matches,’ Jesse tweeted following England’s 4-0 win against Bulgaria. ‘Great result yesterday and sure the lads will get the job done again.’ Chris Smalling joined Roma this summer with a season-long loan deal, and Bailly has an excellent chance to get much more game time.