English Premiership

Odemwingie to return stronger

2014-09-25 14:23
Peter Odemwingie (Supplied)

Cape Town - Stoke City striker Peter Odemwingie is remaining positive after undergoing knee surgery, asserting that the injury serves as a "new beginning".

The Nigeria international was forced to go under the knife after picking up the injury during the Potters' 1-0 win over Manchester City in late August.

The injury meant that Odemwingie was not included in Stoke's Premier League squad, and as a result he cannot turn out for Mark Hughes' side until January at the earliest, regardless of his fitness.

Rather than be too downhearted, the 33-year-old is putting all of his energy into his recovery.

"I'm happy the operation was successful, it's like a new beginning," Odemwingie told BBC Sport.

"I want to come back stronger than ever and hopefully pick up from where I stopped in August.

"I know it's going to be a long road back to kicking a football again but I am mentally prepared for that. You can't keep a good man down.

"It took couple of weeks to get the surgery done because I had to wait for the knee to settle down.

"Now that it's done I believe it will give me a new lease of life for the rest of my professional career."

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