Oussama Assaidi: 'My knee is improving'

Oussama Assaidi of Stoke City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on January 1, 2014
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Stoke City winger Oussama Assaidi says that his knee is continuing to improve.

Oussama Assaidi has said that his knee is continuing to improve as he nears a return from injury.

The Stoke City winger, who is on loan from Liverpool, damaged his ligaments during a mid-season training camp in Dubai earlier this year.

The Moroccan told the club's website: "Things are certainly getting better, but my knee is still not fully healed.

"I could forget about the pain and play, but that would be a massive long term risk, so I believe it's best to be patient and wait for it to get better before playing.

"I am recovering well so I hope it isn't too long until I can be picked to play again. Of course it is horrible to watch on from the stands, because I'm itching to be involved but I am very proud and happy for the whole team. Everybody is playing brilliant lately."

The Potters host Newcastle United on Saturday.

Oussama Assaidi of Stoke City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on January 1, 2014
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