A thigh injury picked in March 2018 didn’ stop Watford’s Obbi Oulare from joining Standard Liege on a season-long loan deal last August.

The striker missed the first few months of this campaign and returned to action in November. In December he admitted that it was “hard” being sidelined for most of 2018.

Since regaining full fitness, the Belgian made four appearances, before a tibia fracture in the last group stage fixture of the Europa League against Akhisarspor forced him to spend more time away from the pitch.

The Hornets player was the guest on Het Laatste Nieuws’s show VISTA, where he explained how difficult it has been after suffering another injury.

“It was first and foremost a very painful affair. I thought I could have the ball, but the goalkeeper of Akhisarspor caught me and I immediately knew it was serious,” Oulare said.

“I had never broken my leg before and I heard that ‘crack’… Mentally it was also a difficult thing, the first two weeks I just had to take a flat rest and you get tired of it. I have done a lot of strength training and in the meantime, I am walking again.”

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Oulare has stressed that his return from injury will be longer than what was initially expected.

“When will I be back exactly? That depends on the coming weeks. I hope to get to the start of the play-offs, but I also realise that it will be difficult,” the frontman explained.

“Whether I will be physically ready? Together with our physios I will do everything possible. My rehabilitation takes a little longer than initially expected – we have chosen not to operate. And I think we have done well.”

Standard Liege have the option to make his loan deal permanent, but that could be questionable given the injury… so Oulare may return to Watford this summer.