HomeNewsFootball: Eric Bailly ready for Huddersfield Clash
For the second time in a couple of days, rumours have spilled out of Old Trafford regarding Eric Bailly. Eric Bailly hasn’t been seen since the start of November, and his absence has undoubtedly been a blow for Jose Mourinho this season. The Ivory Coast international has been sidelined with a groin injury and an ankle injury. In the meantime, questions are being asked of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who were exposed in the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.
According to Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez Haya on Wednesday, Bailly is closing in on his Man United return. It’s believed that Bailly could be training as normal with the Man United first team squad this week. Moreover, the centre-half is aiming to return for the Sevilla match in the Champions League. Manchester United return to Champions League action next Wednesday night in Spain.
The FA Cup is back this weekend, and one of the top matches is the all-Premier League clash between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United. When the sides met earlier in the season in the Premier League, Huddersfield claimed their best result of the season. David Wagner’s men beat Man United 2-1 on that occasion. In a match Victor Lindelof must still be hoping to forget, Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre were the heroes for the Terriers. Will lightening strike twice for Huddersfield this weekend?
Eric Bailly is facing a battle to prove his fitness in time for Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla next week, sources have told ESPN FC, despite returning to training at Old Trafford last month.
United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to have Bailly back in his squad for the first leg in Spain on Feb. 21 following a series of unconvincing defensive displays away from home in recent weeks.
But the trip to the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan could come a week too soon for the Ivory Coast defender, who is still working on his fitness at United’s Carrington training base.