Date of publication: Tuesday 14 January 2020 3:38
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has released a positive update on Eric Bailly’s fitness, with the Ivorian slated to return to the squad as soon as this Sunday against Liverpool.
The Ivorian defender suffered a serious knee injury in a pre-season clash against Tottenham and had surgery in August to repair the injury, with the player having not yet seen any first team action as a result so far this season.
However, the player made his long-awaited return to action for United’s Under-23s recently while Newcastle were beaten 2-1, with Bailly making it past 60 minutes of unscathed action.
And while Wednesday’s third round of the FA Cup will be repeated at home against the Wolves it’s likely to come too early for the ex-Villarreal man, Solskjaer he indicated that Sunday’s trip to face the league leader, Liverpool at Anfield, could see a return to the center of the day.
Bailly is scheduled for another breakdown in a game on the reserve team on Tuesday and if he doesn’t run into further problems, the United manager has indicated that he might come to his thoughts for the game against their old enemies.
“He is very close, he could return for the weekend, organize a game today for the reserves, we hope to get 90 minutes, so he could be ready for Liverpool,” said Solskjaer.
“Probably a team similar to what we have been against Norwich this weekend. Eric (Bailly) who plays today, so he’s close to full fitness, but still a few days earlier. “
Solskjaer is likely to appoint a strong lineup for Wolves’ clash with the trophy maybe now they represent their best chance for trophy success this season and with a fourth round against Watford or Tranmere lying in wait.
“We have played them so many times, so we will face a team that knows more or less everything about us, we will have them in a couple of weeks in the championship,” he added.
“We played a good first half last week, the second half was disappointing, but at home we want to make sure we pass, this tournament is what we dream of winning when we are young, loved my time in the final and winning trophies, so we want Go past.”
Solskjaer, meanwhile, offered a concise answer when asked if United had made any progress in its offer to sign Bruno Fernandes.
“I have no transfer updates, so no,” he told reporters in Carrington. “If we get something we can tell you what we will do, but I have no news now.”
Meanwhile, the sport has reportedly made a brazen investigation into the possibility of taking a ready substitute from United as part of the negotiations.