Eric Bailly has insisted his injury woes at Manchester United are no longer an issue.
The Ivorian was sidelined for almost two months following a knee ligament injury sustained against Chelsea in October.
He made his return to Premier League action during a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace back in December but was forced off early in the second half with what looked like the same knee problem.
However Bailly, who featured in Ivory Coast’s 0-0 draw with Togo in the African Cup of Nations, has noted that any injury issues are behind him.
“I’m fine,” he said. “The injury happened, but I have recovered physically and it feels good.”
“Yes, of course I watched it, with my friends [Man United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool]. I have lots of friends in this team and we watched it together.
“It was good game and a very important point for us, equalising at the end of the match. It’s good for the team.”
It was immediately clear that Bailly was not fully ready for action during the game against Palace. He went down, without much contact from anyone, in the fourth minute and continued to struggle as the game went on. The 22-year-old persevered for as long as he could, but he had to throw in the towel quickly after half time.
United fans will hope that such discomfort doesn’t rear its ugly head again. Losing Bailly to the same injury issue would indeed hamper this side’s defensive solidity; more importantly, however, the Ivorian would suffer immensely on a personal level if the same injury continued to occur, and supporters will hope that he returns fit and raring to go from international duty.