Stoke City coach, Mark Hughes, was delighted to see Nigerian International, Peter Odemwingie kick a football again, as the Potters head into the final seven games in the Premier League.
Odemwingie played for his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and has been sidelined since August by a serious knee ligament injury.
But according to the club’s official website it looks like Odemwingie’s come back may have entered its final stage, as he has been given the all-clear to resume ball work, and Hughes hopes it won’t be too long before he is able to resume full training with the rest of the first team squad.
“Peter is a real good news story for us. He has done all the straight line running he can do and the next part is getting out a ball and being confident with the injury,” Hughes told Stokecityfc.com.
“That’s the key thing, having confidence in the knee. You know when you’ve had an injury like Peter’s that there will be differences but more often than not it’s because the knee’s stronger and you’re not used to that.
“That’s certainly the case with Peter. He’s happy with where he’s at in terms of his rehabilitation but you still need the confidence of actually going out and playing football, which he hasn’t had.”
Mark Hughes however highlighted the importance of seeing Peter Odemwingie ,who he last saw in action in August 2014, kick a ball.
“Once he’s got that confidence then he’ll progress very, very quickly and will be back in the group again but seeing him kicking a ball again is not only a massive boost for Peter but the Club as a whole.” Hughes stated.