Sidibe may return by Christmas

26 August 2010 04:02
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is hopeful that striker Mamady Sidbie will make a return to action much sooner than expected after undergoing surgery on an Achilles injury. The Potters had feared that the 30-year-old Mali international could be sidelined for up to a year, but Pulis now has hopes that Sidibe will be back in contention before the end of the calendar year. He told the club's official website: "It looks as though he could be back around Christmas time and that is pretty positive considering what we were hearing after the (Spurs) game. "It is still a massive blow for the kid because he has not long recovered from a cruciate knee injury and this has really taken him back again, so we are all feeling for him. "But he is a great lad and we will all give him a cuddle and stick by him. "He is strong and will come through this, but it is a major disappointment for us because he is an important player for us."

Source: ESA

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