Manchester United defender Eric Bailly might have hinted that he is edging closer to a return to action.

Bailly has been out since suffering a pre-season injury against Tottenham in China.

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He had previously suffered a similar knee injury against Chelsea back in April.

Bailly sent a message on his Instagram stories page from Carrington, accompanied by the caption ‘long time’.

Comeback trail

Bailly’s pre-season injury was badly timed as he appeared to be in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

Solskjaer spoke highly of him last season and there is little doubting Bailly’s talent. United signed him for £30 million in 2016 and he began superbly, before injury issues and an ensuing lack of trust from Jose Mourinho held him back.

The big problem with the Ivory Coast international is staying fit and he needs to prove himself.

United’s recent shift to playing three central defenders could help Bailly force his way into the side.

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Victor Lindelöf has made some mistakes in games this season despite an overall improved defensive record at the club. There is still room for Bailly to come in and improve us further.

Bailly was listed by United’s website earlier today as one of the club’s injury absentees, but the post read: “Hopefully, there will be some good news on this front, particularly with a very busy spell coming up after the internationals.”

If Bailly can return to full training over the coming weeks that will be a positive and hopefully he can make his return in December as the fixture list gets even busier. currently cite Bailly’s projected return date as December 21. This latest update is at least an encouraging sign he is on track, or even ahead of schedule.

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