Saturday 16 December 2017

Hughes taking time with Assaidi

Oussama Assaidi will have to be patient on his Stoke return
Oussama Assaidi will have to be patient on his Stoke return

Stoke manager Mark Hughes will give winger Oussama Assaidi time to regain full fitness after his deadline day loan move from Liverpool.

The Morocco international, who is back at the Britannia Stadium for a second successive season, had a knee operation in the summer and in terms of conditioning is slightly behind his team-mates.

However, Hughes has not ruled the player out of being involved when Leicester visit a week on Saturday.

"Ossie isn't match fit but he's training and working with the group," he told

"We're just easing him in - we'll see how he goes and how he copes with the training.

"He's not at the level that the other guys are at but it won't be long until he's there.

"We're just getting to know where he's at. We're mindful of the fact that he's had a knee injury and we don't want to compromise him by working him too hard too soon.

"We'll give him the work that he needs and then he'll be ready."

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