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Man Utd defender Bailly clear to join Ivory Coast AFCON squad

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is set to link up with the Ivory Coast squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off this weekend.

The defender is looking to be involved in the tournament, which is being held in Cameroon, despite missing Monday's Premier League game against Wolves due to injury.

He was forced off during the second half of the 3-1 win over Burnley, his fourth outing in the league this term. Raphael Varane and Phil Jones formed the centre-half pairing last time out, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof also absentees.

Bailly is a key figure for his country and scored when the Elephants reached the quarter-finals at the Olympics last year, losing to Spain at that stage.

Fellow countryman Amad is not in the Africa Cup of Nations squad but Hannibal will represent Tunisia this month, following his fine recent showing in the Arab Cup

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