Peter Odemwingie eyes playing return following knee surgery

Peter Odemwingie reveals that the recent operation he underwent on his knee was successful, and the winger has targeted a return to playing.

Stoke City midfielder Peter Odemwingie believes that he can return "stronger than ever" having successfully undergone surgery on his knee.

The 33-year-old, who picked up the injury during the Potters' 1-0 victory over Manchester City last month, is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign.

However, Odemwingie remains in a positive frame of mind and hopes to emulate the form he showed before suffering the setback upon his return.

"I'm happy the operation was successful, it's like a new beginning," the Nigeria international told BBC Sport. "I want to come back stronger than ever and hopefully pick up from where I stopped in August."

"I know it's going to be a long road back to kicking a football again but I am mentally prepared for that. You can't keep a good man down. It took couple of weeks to get the surgery done because I had to wait for the knee to settle down.

"Now that it's done I believe it will give me a new lease of life for the rest of my professional career."

Odemwingie joined Stoke from Cardiff City in January, scoring five goals in 15 league appearances at the back end of last season.

Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke City celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium on August 30, 2014
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