Super Eagles striker Osaze Odemwingie could return to full training at Stoke City within a fortnight.
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Stokesentinel.co.uk on Thursday hinted about the possible return of the former West Bromwich Albion forward who has been out of action since being stretchered during out a 1-0 win at Manchester City in late August 2014 with knee
The 33-year-old was expected to miss the rest of the season, but he has made good progress in his recovery.
Manager Mark Hughes said: “Peter’s still in with the physios but we’re
encouraged by what he’s saying and what the physios are saying.
“Hopefully in the next two to three weeks, we may well see him back in the group.
“If he’s back in the group then you’re looking at another couple of weeks before he’s available for selection.
“He’s as close as he been to returning and we’re encouraged by that.”
Odemwingie scored five goals as he sparked Stoke’s surge up the table in the second half of last season after joining from Cardiff in a swap deal involving Kenwyne Jones.
He made history in the summer when he became the first Potter to score in a World Cup finals – netting for Nigeria past his City teammate Asmir Begovic.
But he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus in his left after coming on at half-time of a famous win at the Etihad Stadium.
Odemwingie now hopes to prove his fitness to win a contract extension beyond this summer.