Stoke's Bojan hopeful of returning to pre-season training

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has set his sights on a return to action in time for the start of next season.

Bojan Krkic is recovering from a knee ligament injury he sustained during Stoke City's FA Cup win at Rochdale in January. Sights have now been set on getting the striker fit enough to join his teammates for pre-season training ahead of the new campaign.

The former Barcelona forward scored four goals in 12 Premier League appearances, which is not bad considering it was his debut season. When he initially joined the Britannia Stadium club, it proved to be a huge surprise and gathered excitement among the Stoke City faithful.

"I feel good at the moment," Bojan told the Stoke Sentinel.

"The physio sessions are going well and I'm working really hard. I want to come back soon and come back better than before.

"We'll have a better idea over the next few weeks how long it will be before I will be able to return to proper training or join in pre-season training.

"I want to come back in pre-season for sure and hopefully be ready as soon as possible.

"The work will not stop for me over the summer. I have to work every day and that's what I will do."

Began believes he was playing some of the best football of his career before suffering the knee injury. The 24-year-old is now looking to repay the support he received from the Potters' support during his difficult spell on the sidelines by getting back into shape as quickly as possible.

"Yes, I felt like I was playing well when I was injured but this is life," he added.

"Was that the best I had played? It was up there ... it was some of the best few weeks of my life. I was very happy. Now all my focus is on getting back.

"The support I have received from Stoke fans has been amazing," he said.

"It is so important to get that kind of love, and the reception I got when I came back for the Liverpool match was fantastic.

"I really appreciated it, and I can't wait to be back playing in front of those supporters again."

Injury set-backs are difficult for any footballer, especially in their first season at the club.

Bojan believes things were going in his favour up until that point and he's still a young footballer. A knee ligament injury is not something you can brush off easily, but the staff at Stoke City will be hoping it doesn't reoccur.

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