Sidibe eyes October return

04 September 2009 12:02
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe is targeting a return to action in October after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The 29-year-old Malian damaged cruciate knee ligaments in a reserve team warm-up in March having only recently returned from another injury lay-off.

After a long recovery, he says he is now almost ready to begin some ball work and thinks a return to full training will come at the end of the month.

"Hopefully, in about 10 days, I will start touching a football again," Sidibe told The Sentinel.

"I cannot wait because that is a big moment for any footballer when you come back from injury. It means you are getting well again.

Risk"Then maybe I train with the rest of the team by the end of the month."

Sidibe made 17 Premier League starts at the beginning of last season but will have to compete with James Beattie, Ricardo Fuller and Dave Kitson for a place in the starting line-up.

Even though he is itching to get back in competitive action, the former Gillingham front-man realises that he cannot risk a premature return.

He added: "I know I must not rush it. What is another two or three weeks when you have been out for six months?

"The specialist said six months at the start of the injury, so hopefully I will be playing a reserve game in October if all goes well.

"Sometimes, when you watch a game, you start thinking you might come back earlier but I know I cannot take that risk."

Source: SKY_Sports