Next Game

Everton v Stoke

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 10:00

Friendly Match

Assaidi targets swift return

Oussama Assaidi is optimistic he will return to action for Stoke soon but will not put his long-term fitness at risk.

Last Updated: 06/04/14 at 15:43 Post Comment

Oussama Assaidi: Hopeful of swift return

Oussama Assaidi: Hopeful of swift return

The on-loan Liverpool winger suffered a knee injury during a training camp in Dubai in February after impressing for Stoke following his move from Anfield.

Assaidi tore a medial ligament and it was initially estimated he would be out of action for between four and six weeks.

He told Stoke City Player: "Things are certainly getting better, but my knee is still not fully healed.

"I could forget about the pain and play, but that would be a massive long-term risk, so I believe it's best to be patient and wait for it to get better before playing.

"I am recovering well so I hope it isn't too long until I can be picked to play again."

The Moroccan joined Liverpool in the summer of 2012 but did not make a Premier League start last season and was loaned to Stoke for this campaign.

After a slow start his importance to Mark Hughes' side grew and he made himself a Potters hero by scoring a spectacular winner against Chelsea in December.

Assaidi is due to head back to Anfield at the end of the season but he admits he does not yet know where his future lies.

The 25-year-old said: "I'm unsure what Stoke or Liverpool wants. I am really happy to play for Stoke and I am happy they gave me a chance to play regularly.

"I still have a contract with Liverpool and I hope the boss (Brendan Rodgers) gives me a chance.

"If not, I do not want to sit on the bench because I want to play games, so you never know what can happen in the future."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Barcelona sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona have announced a deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan.

Koeman: Utd Schneiderlin bid 'not serious'

Ronald Koeman says Southampton are yet to hear back from Manchester United since rejecting a bid for Morgan Schneiderlin that "wasn't serious".

Benzema facing uncertain future at Real

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly planning to play Cristiano Ronaldo as a lone striker in a move which could sideline Karim Benzema.

Mail Box

Van Persie: Really Expensive Wallpaper

He was bought to cover the cracks that nearly brought down the house, says one Man United fan. We also have mails on Brendan, the WWC, Aguero and...

Farewell Robin, You Were Wonderful

One Mailer looks back fondly at Robin van Persie's time at Old Trafford as he nears the exit. Plus Turkish delights, being inspired, David Ospina, handballs & decisions...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company