Leeds United reveal that Pierre-Michel Lasogga is back in training.
Leeds United announced via their Twitter page on Wednesday that Pierre-Michel Lasogga had returned to training following a month-long absence.
The German hitman hasn't kicked a ball for Leeds since the 3-1 defeat at Brentford on November 4 due to a niggling calf injury.
In that time, Caleb Ekuban - who is now injured - impressed in his number nine role, while Kemar Roofe enhanced his reputation as a striker by scoring three in the 3-1 win at QPR last weekend.
Lasogga is not the most mobile of centre-forwards, but he has netted five goals in 10 Championship games since joining on a season-long loan from Hamburg.
And fans of the Elland Road club offered a mix reaction to the news of his return to training.
Amazing news— Melissa Ann Capes (@Melissaanncapes) December 13, 2017
Great news, our best forward, can’t wait til he’s back— Cj (@BazingaCJ) December 13, 2017
Go on big fella!— Shaun Green (@shaungreen1989) December 13, 2017
great news, looks like he has lost weight also— Charles Toher (@charles_toher) December 13, 2017
Unfortunately doesn't do the hard work which roofe and ekuban do that— Callum Wainwright (@CallumWainwri17) December 13, 2017
Need a squad. Need to have options. I think he would be behind @roofe39 roof at the minute but wouldn't mind him coming on if we need a goal. ALAW— RJ McK (@ryanjohnd83) December 13, 2017
Let's hope he is better and as to fight to come bk into the team— Lee shaw (@Leeshaw1983) December 13, 2017
Don’t get why people feel the need to give him stick. He has scored 1 in 2 FFS. Better than Wood’s record when he first joined.— James E. Malloch (@jamesmalloch) December 13, 2017
Like him or not, Lasogga is clearly a talented goalscorer and he could be a big asset throughout the hectic festive period.
Roofe's star has risen following his hat-trick, but there are still question marks over his long-term capacity to score goals for Leeds and Lasogga is a very good option to rotate with.