By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sierra Leonean striker, Ibrahim ‘Teteh’ Bangura has expressed his delight with the progress regarding his injury rehabilitation workout.
The Bursaspor striker, who is on loan to Swedish Allsvenska Premier League club, AIK Solna, recently underwent a successful knee operation but he is now doing some outfield work and running session.
The striker told Sweden’s Expressen website that he is still far from full fitness compared to the other players in the team, but he is feeling good and happy with his rehabilitation. He however said he is unsure if he would be fully fit to play in April when the league commences.
“Yes, the guys have driven pre-season since January and I have not trained with them. It goes gradually. We’ll take it day by day. I do not know if I will play in April; I’m not sure. It depends on how I feel. If I feel good in the morning, so I play in the morning,” Bangura told Expressen.se
He continued: “I have my coaches and especially my physiotherapist. She is the only one who can say I am ready to play. She said last week that I would start running this week, and I’ve done that. So if she says I should start training with the team in the next week, so I will. We’ll see. It felt good. I’m so happy just to be outdoors again. It is wonderful. I’m happy.”
AIK coach, Andreas Alm, also confirmed that the striker has made great progress in his rehabilitation, but added that Bangura is yet to commence practice with the team.
On when the player will be in action, Alm told fotbollskanalen: “We have been restrained when it comes to just about him. You could say two weeks, but everything you say gets stuck after all with him as well, so it is a matter of putting it on a level where we do not make him too excited.
“Therefore, one could say, a month just to say a little bit longer but really, so is it that before he starts to run, it is difficult. Because when he starts with it so it’s still a way to go before he can start to play football. We can count on it then.”
Alm further said that he is not expecting the striker to be in action for the team’s first match. “Yes, he will absolutely be out. He needs April to fully get back before he can play football. It takes a while,” he said.