Eric Bailly was left out of Erik ten Hag’s plans this season and it saw Manchester United let him join Marseille on loan last summer.

The centre-back featured 12 times in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side this season, which includes three appearances since the World Cup. He was sent off in his last outing against Hyères 83 in a Coupe de France clash in January.

The Manchester United man received a straight card for planting his studs into the chest of Almike Moussa N’Diaye in the 15th minute of the cup tie. The latter was rushed to hospital after fracturing a rib.

The FFF’s disciplinary committee reviewed the incident and handed a seven-match ban to Bailly. He has already served his suspension by missing out five league matches and two more in the Coupe de France.

Marseille face Clermont Foot on Saturday and the Ivory Coast international is eligible for selection for the weekend tie.

L’Equipe claim Marseille manager Igor Tudor could include Bailly in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s clash.

Marseille have an obligation to buy Bailly if certain set conditions are met and Manchester United will be hoping these conditions will be fulfilled this season.