Squad chance for Sidibe
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has promised Mamady Sidibe a spot in his 25-man Premier League squad next month.
Last Updated: 02/12/10 2:04pm
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has promised Mamady Sidibe a spot in his 25-man Premier League squad next month as a reward for his comeback from long-term injury.
The 30-year-old striker has been ruled out for the Potters since sustaining a snapped Achilles tendon during their 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham back in August.
However, Sidibe has started running again as he steps up his rehabilitation, and Pulis says the forward is set to rejoin the first-team squad when he renames it at the end of the January transfer window.
Pulis told The Sentinel: "All things being equal, the big fella will be back in the 25-man squad because it hasn't been the same without him.
"He's had a long, hard road back to fitness, but he is making sound progress. He'll be a welcome addition."
The Achilles injury is the latest ailment to hamper Mali international Sidibe, who was forced to battle a cruciate knee ligament problem last year.
"Mama's seen it all and that's why we all love him," added Pulis. "Luckily, he's a pretty quick healer, which is just as well given what he's been through.
"It's good to see him out jogging. It's nothing too dynamic just yet, but it's a sign of the progress he's making.
"He's already done loads of work in the gym and I don't think the medical lads could have had a better character to work with."