Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could be set to make his return from injury in December’s Manchester derby.
The France international has endured an injury-interrupted start to the new season, having made just six appearances in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far and not featuring since the draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in September.
Manchester United boss Solskjaer has previously indicated that Pogba would not return from a foot problem until after this week’s international break, though according to ESPN, the derby clash with Man City at the Etihad on December 7 has been scheduled as a realistic target for his return.
Pogba recently revealed that he is due to have two weeks of rehabilitation following the removal of his cast – which came off on Monday – ahead of his return to the United squad.
There is also positive injury news on Eric Bailly with the defender also nearing a return to light training following a knee ligament injury.
The Ivory Coast international has been sidelined since suffering the injury in a pre-season fixture against Tottenham in July, undergoing surgery and extensive rehabilitation as he looks for force his way into Solskjaer’s plans upon his return.
The 25-year-old’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, though United do have the option of triggering a two-year extension.
The return to fitness of the duo will provide a welcome boost to United ahead of a congested fixture schedule during the festive period, as the club look continue their recent upturn in form with Sunday’s win at Brighton lifting the club to seventh in the Premier League.