The Swedish striker has been battling a mystery illness attacking his central nervous system that could have ended his career. He is now back in full training and could be ready to feature by the end of the month. Could a loan-deal be a good idea?
Thank you all for the Nice Words i am back in full training now , but I still need some Moore trainings before I can play a game ! ... #MCFC— John Guidetti (@superguidetti) January 5, 2013
Better safe than sorry as they say but it's not long now since I am in full training ! Thanks again and let's hope for the win 2 day #MCFC— John Guidetti (@superguidetti) January 5, 2013
It has been a hard road to recovery for the Swede who faced a mystery viral infection last year that could have had serious repercussions including potentially ending his career; just as it was starting to take off.
The Italian-Swede raised in Kenya had a breakout season in the Dutch Eredivisie last season as he banged in the goals during a loan-spell at Feyenoord. This sort of form saw him being touted as a shoe-in for the national team at Euro 2012 and even had some people talking of a first-team push at The Etihad next season.
However the virus that attacked his central nervous system left him without the feeling in one of his legs and finished his season early.
Not only that but it decimated the young lads pre-season and he is now trying to build up his fitness before he can start featuring for the first-team.
However it looks highly unlikely that the 20-year-old will feature in any of Roberto Mancini’s first team plans this season. With the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli all in front of him in the pecking order first-team football will be in short supply at The Etihad.
Yet with him returning to first-team training at the start of January comes a need to get playing-time under his belt and while the under-21 league is one avenue surely a loan spell at a lower Premier League team of Championship outfit would be a far more suitable option.
His time at Feyenoord was highly impressive. He shows maturity beyond his years and is capable of tricks, deceptive pace as well as being equally lethal in front of goal on his right and left boot so he is certainly worth taking note of for the likes of QPR, Reading, Aston Villa or some of the Championship promotion chasers.
David Platt recently spoke of Guidetti’s rehabilitation:
“He is getting better. For about two or three months he couldn’t do anything and it takes a long time to get that back. Plus it was strange; I can’t even call it an injury. It was a virus. He’s taking part in some of the sessions; he’s still in phase of rehabilitation. I think if he continues to progress in the manner he is doing he will be back well before the end of the season.”
But will he be playing for Manchester City in 2012-13?
Do you think City should send Guidetti out on loan this month?
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