Eric Bailly is reportedly set to hand Manchester United a big boost by returning to training ahead of their clash with Sevilla.
An ankle injury has seen Bailly sidelined since the beginning of November, with Jose Mourinho estimating he would be out of “two to three months” after surgery.
According to MEN, Bailly is set to be back training at Carrington on Friday.
And that could see him come into contention for a place on the bench against Sevilla next Wednesday.
This Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round game with Huddersfield will come too early.
Bailly came back from Ivory Coast in October with a groin injury but was back in against for the 1-0 win over Spurs a fortnight later.
After two more games for United, Bailly picked up another injury on international duty in November – even though he was suspended for the Elephants’ final World Cup qualifier.
His return will give United a lift with centre-backs Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have faltered in recent weeks, with individual mistakes costing them defeat at Spurs and Newcastle.
Although second, the club’s title hopes are over – 16 points back from neighbours Manchester City.