Diao targets big return
Central Midfielder Salif Diao has set a target of only 2 weeks to return from his latest comeback from injury.
The former Senegalese international picked up a Calf injury prior to the seasons curtain raiser in August but is now back in full training and completed 90 minutes for the Reserves last night.
Diao`s celebration of a new 12 month contract in the summer had been put on ice after his injury but now he expects to be back in the party mood come Stoke`s next home match against the struggling West Ham in 3 weeks time.
He said "I am happy to be back and involved with the lads again. I am not sure I will be ready for the Everton game", after complimenting the teams start top the season he did concede it will be extremely difficult to become part of TP`s regular side but did add "I have to prove in training that I am fit enough to gain a place in the first team. But with how the team is playing at the moment, that will be very hard work."
Salif has a lot to prove to the Stoke fans who TP believes have not seen the best from him following his fitness problems. Only time will tell I suppose but I really don`t see him breaking into the team for the West Ham match.