Saturday, 14 September 2013 10:49
SUPER Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo will be back in training with Chelsea on October 7 as his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery is proceeding a lot quicker than was originally anticipated.
Omeruo, 19, dislocated his shoulder while playing for Nigeria in the Confederations Cup and had to be stretchered off in the Super Eagles game against Uruguay. After the tournament, he returned to Chelsea where he passed a medical and was ready to fight for a place in the team but aggravated the injury in training.
Chelsea subsequently decided to operate on his shoulder and last month, the centreback underwent keyhole surgery at a private London clinic. According to Chelsea, the player is recovering well and doctors are expected to give him the all-clear by early next month, which will enable him resume training.
One source close to Omeruo said: "Kenneth’s check-up was very good as all the Chelsea staff were very impressed with his improvements. I can tell you everything is going very well and his recovery is faster than we expected.
"He will start individual field training with one of the coaches and then they will take another look again at him on October 7, when the doctor would have come back from Argentina. After that, Kenneth will then join full Chelsea team training.”
Omeruo’s problematic shoulder was operated upon on August 14 and the initial diagnosis was that he will be out for eight weeks. He is however, ahead of schedule and although he will most likely miss Nigeria's World Cup qualifier due next month, Omeruo will at least be able to have a full season and feature in the Mundial next year if Nigeria qualifies.
At the start of the season, it was uncertain what Chelsea planned to do with Omeruo as although he was given the number 51 jersey, there were rumours that he may be loaned out. Liverpool led a host of clubs after his signature at the time but it is not yet clear if the player will still be loaned out or not.
Once the defender's recovery is complete, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho will have to make a decision as to what to do with him. With the World Cup coming next year, Omeruo will want to see first team action, so getting into the Chelsea team will be vital for him and if he does not see action may ask to be loaned out.
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