After more than four months away from a football field and without kicking a ball, Hilal Soudani shared a video of him on Twitter starting the final stretch of his rehabilitation following a leg injury.
The forward, who hasn’t played for Nottingham Forest since October 30th in the EFL Cup against Burton, has spent a large chunk of his time in Qatar at the Aspetar centre, a decision he explains was taken after recommendation from the Saudi Arabia national team doctor.
He said, relayed by Le Buteur: “You also have to understand that this centre has a vey good reputation. In fact, many stars have come through here to get treated. All the conditions are here to work and progress well. That’s why I decided to come here to undergo my reeducation period.”
A date for Soudani’s return to Nottingham Forest has yet to be fixed, but the 31-year-old believes he will be able to make some appearances before the end of the season.
He added: “I’m working really hard in order to be ready to play in the next Africa Cup of Nations. I also want to return on a pitch as quickly as possible and help my Nottingham Forest to return to the Premier League.”
With the next international tournament due to take place at the end of June, a return to Championship football before then might be needed in order to get some game time under his belt first.
Signed from Dinamo Zagreb last summer, Soudani has two and a half years left on his contract at City Ground, which expires at the end of the 2020-21 season.