The Ivorian was forced off early in the second-half with what immediately looked like a serious knee problem.
It was later confirmed that Bailly would be out for at least two months, returning in time for the African Cup of Nations in January.
The video, taken on Timothy Fosu-Mensah‘s Instagram story, shows the 22-year-old, wearing a knee brace, jogging down a corridor at Carrington.
The fact that Bailly is able to walk well – let alone run – just a few days after picking up a bad knee injury is an unequivocally positive sign.
More interesting, perhaps, is the knee brace he has on, since it determines the nature of his injury and the resultant recovery process in store. He does not, like I initially feared, need to go under the knife, which always leads to a longer and indeed riskier rehabilitation.
Instead, the Ivorian will spend the next few months in a gym performing various physiotherapy exercises. An arduous, utterly boring endeavour, but one that can see progress happen at an even quicker rate than expected. At 22, Bailly’s body is in fine condition, and the amount of sheer muscle in his legs bodes well for a speedier-than-normal recovery.
Maybe United fans will see Bailly return in time for their side’s busy December schedule after all.