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Fit-Again Odemwingie Hungry For Goals

Peter Odemwingie says he has needed to learn to be patient as he returns from a serious knee injury – but believes he will soon be back among the goals for Stoke. The forward started both Stoke’s games in Singapore last week as he continues his return from eight months on the sidelines with ligament damage.

Odemwingie has been buoyed by the arrival of new faces on his return to training, including £5.75m forward Joselu, rather than seeing them as rivals for a starting spot. Odemwingie scored five times in his first half-season with Stoke and then became the first Potter to find the net at World Cup finals.

That goal, past Asmir Begovic for Nigeria, was his last strike before injury and he can’t wait to taste the feeling again. He said: “I’ve been desperate to score even in pre-season. Maybe I have been in too much of a hurry.

They are only friendlies, but it’s still important for me to score. “I’m happy I signed a new contract so I can play because I didn’t want to end my Stoke days without a goal after that injury. It’s going to come one way or the other. I’m sure of it.”

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