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Kei Kamara eyes return from operation

 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Sierra Leone and Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara is eyeing a return to team action for his club before the end of the season after a successful hernia operation.

The 29-year-old Sierra Leonean striker who has not featured since the 3-1 defeat by QPR on March 22 last week flew to Germany for surgery and after a successful surgery could be back in action before the end of the season.

A Boro spokesman said: ‘The operation went well and we would expect Kei to be back training soon.

“The surgeon who performed the operation is world-renowned in her field.’

Kamara has not featured since the 3-1 Riverside defeat to promotion-chasing QPR on March 22.

He limped off late in that game and although he was an unused substitute in both the Brighton away win and the home victory over Derby he was struggling in training. An examination by club staff diagnosed the condition and it was decided to repair it properly now rather than wait until the summer.

Kamara was doing light gym work last week and plans to step up his workload during this week if there is no reaction but won’t return to full sessions for at least a fortnight.

The £900,000 August signing from MLS club Sporting Kansas City arrived with a bang under Tony Mowbray after his August deadline day signing and scored four goals in his first eight games playing as an out-and-out striker.

But he has failed to notch in his 15 outings under the Spaniard and with Danny Graham now established as first choice front man, Kamara is now most often used wide on the left or as a late substitute.