Udinese of Italy defender, William Troost-Ekong will seek more minutes of playing time against SPAL this weekend in the Italian Serie A, as he aims to prove that he has fully recovered from a recent knee complaint.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Troost-Ekong returned to action against Frosinone last weekend, after a bout with injury, but he lasted only 76 minutes before he was replaced in his side’s 3-1 away win.
While Nigerian-born striker, Stefano Chuka Okaka stole the limelight with two well taken goals, and a 31st minute yellow card in the game at Stadio Benito Stirpe, Troost-Ekong appeared not fully fit for the game.
The former Tottenham Hotspur, Haugesund, Dordricht, KAA Gent and Bursaspor defender was replaced in the 76th minute of Sunday’s match, to raise worries over whether he had fully recovered from an injury that saw him miss two weeks of action.
His absence was due to an adductor injury copped against Sassuolo last month, but he returned to training with his teammates during the past week, which set him up for Sunday’s outing with 16th placed Udinese.
Troost-Ekong will now have to shake off any relapse that might have caused his substitution against Frosinone, as he guns for his 35th game since moving to Udine from Bursaspor of Turkey.
The 25-year-old stopper will hope to make the starting line-up against SPAL on Saturday with Okaka, who is on loan from Watford of England, but was also replaced in the 86th minute of last Sunday’s away victory.