Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil has kept mum over the potential return date for Nigeria international Umar Sadiq.
The Super Eagles striker who is recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture (ACL) injury he suffered in his side’s 2-1 loss to Getafe on August 11, is nearing full recovery and will be hoping to play a part in Sociedad’s final push for a UEFA Champions League place at the end of the season.
Sadiq who joined Sociedad on summer transfer deadline signing a five-year deal reported to be worth a guaranteed €20m with another potential €5m in add-ons picked up the devastating injury just two games into his career with the Spanish side. He scored in his debut against Atletico Madrid as they held the Madrid side to a 1-1 draw at the Anoeta Stadium.
His performance in the encounter earned him accolades and a standing ovation from the home supporters.
The 26-year-old has stepped up his recovery process and is hoping he will once again wear the club’s jersey before the end of the LaLiga season in May.
Asked if Sadiq will return to action for Txuri-Urdinak before the end of the campaign, Alguacil said it is impossible to give the right answer while also stating that the Nigerian is recovering well.
“There you get me. It would be very risky to say no, but I wouldn’t say yes either. He was happier than ever this week because he was fine but step by step. He is progressing but it is too early to say anything,” Alguacil told mundodeportivo.com.
Previous reports in Spain had revealed that the former AS Roman and Glasgow Rangers player will resume competitive football in April.