Nottingham Forest forward Hillal Soudani appears to have confirmed on social media that he is edging closer towards full fitness.
The Algerian hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury during the EFL Cup loss against Burton Albion back in October.
The 31-year-0ld had made a decent start to life in English football following his £2.66 million switch from Dinamo Zagreb (Nottingham Post). In six appearances he had netted two goals; the winner against Reading and a late leveller at Wigan.
Soudani is capable of playing through the middle or on either flank and looked like being a decent acquisition for Aitor Karanka.
It now looks as though Soudani is stepping up his efforts to be fit for the start of pre-season; posting a string of videos and images on Instagram which show him doing a series of gruelling looking fitness drills:
Soudani could be like a new signing for Martin O’Neill ahead of next season.
The Reds have Lewis Grabban who netted 17 goals during his maiden campaign at the City Ground but after that, the goals from strikers weren’t exactly frequent.
Karim Ansarifard and Daryl Murphy offer different options, but neither were really prolific.
Having Soudani back for pre-season might prove ideal for the Forest boss. If O’Neill can get the lively performer fit and firing he could have a part to play on Trentside next season.