Michael O’Neill has revealed that Tyrese Campbell is closing in on a return to full fitness for Stoke City after his serious knee injury.
The talented forward has not played since he was forced off against Cardiff City in December last year with his knee complaint, but he has been working tirelessly to get back ready.
And, speaking to Stoke-On-Trent Live, O’Neill gave a positive update on the 21-year-old, who could seemingly make his return to the XI next month.
“We can afford to be patient but equally we want him back as well. We need to be as strong as we can be in that area. Seeing him on the training pitch is a good boost for him and a good boost for everyone.
“It’s a complex injury. He’s responded brilliantly, I have to say. The medical team have done an amazing job. He’s done a fantastic amount of work. He’s been so diligent with his rehab, which is good. We’re going to get the benefit of him hopefully back in terms of being available to select in the coming weeks.”
Campbell’s return will be a huge boost for Stoke, as he had been outstanding prior to the setback, scoring six goals in 16 league games and impressing with his all-round ability.
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This is great news for Campbell firstly as he has had a very tough eight or nine months after what must’ve been a hugely frustrating injury considering how well he’d been performing.
From Stoke’s perspective, they have enjoyed a very strong start to the season and they’re now about to welcome back one of the most exciting talents in the league, so it’s fantastic news.
Of course, they need to be patient with Campbell, but he has the ability to make a huge impact over the course of the campaign.
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