Exclusive: Valencia targets Stoke return

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 2nd December 2015

Enner Valencia could be set to make a return to the first team squad in time to face Stoke City at the Boleyn Ground less than a fortnight from now.

The Ecuador international has been out of action since damaging an ankle in the 1-1 draw with Everton at the beginning of November and was expected to be out until the new year at the earliest.

However KUMB has learned that the 26-year-old could be set to return in time to face the Potters at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday week - around a month ahead of schedule - after it was discovered that his injury was not as serious as had been previously suggested.

Speaking via the club's website a fortnight ago, Valencia indicated that his original diagnosis may have been wide of the mark. "Thank God the injury isn't quite as bad as initially thought. I hope to be back as soon as possible," he said.

"When I clashed with the Everton player I feared it might be the same problem [as before] but it wasn't, it was a minor ligament issue. I'm following the doctor's advice and despite wearing a boot, my aim is to get back as soon as possible."

Sadly the news on Valencia's strike partner Diafra Sakho isn't quite as positive.

As exclusively reported here on KUMB earlier in the week, the Senegal international is likely to be sidelined for a minimum of two months after pulling up in last weekend's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

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