Joselu has returned to training with Deportivo La Coruna, after suffering a knee injury in early September. On loan at Depor from Stoke City, and meant to replace Lucas Perez, Joselu had been eager to impress, after much doubt around the transfer in Depor circles.
Coming through Celta Vigo’s youth system, Stoke’s Joselu was seen as an enemy of the Depor state, completely the opposite of local hero Lucas Perez.
The Stoke owned played said at the time: “I just think about playing and returning all the confidence the club has placed in me. I’ve come to give everything for Depor.
“It’s been a few years since I left Galicia. I left at 18 years old and have come a long way. I’m very different, I have more experience, I played in the best leagues in the world… I hope to adapt quickly.”
On his debut, against Athletic Club Bilbao, Joselu went down after a strong tackle and received a knee injury. The ligament damage was expected to keep him out for 3 months.
Returning to training earlier than expected, Marca report Joselu ‘felt discomfort when hitting the ball’ on Wednesday. Depor believe the pain is simply something to be expected when coming back from injury.
Stoke City will obviously be concerned, Joselu is an asset, and whilst they’d very much like him back on the pitch at Depor and scoring goals, they won’t want his knee pushed too far.
Any pain is bad news and it’ll be no surprise if Stoke City are in some sort of dialogue with Depor, discussing which strategy is best for the player’s return to competitive action.