Date: 22nd May 2019 at 6:00pm
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Hillal Soudani could be fully fit to take part in Nottingham Forest’s pre-season training in July, with the 31-year-old’s recovery from a knee injury nearing its conclusion.

Soudani has been out of action since mid-November 2018 and spent a number of months in Qatar for specialist treatment on his knee. The Algerian international then returned to Forest to complete his rehabilitation and should be back in less than two months.

His most recent update on Twitter is positive news. Soudani has been training in the gym to build up strength in his legs and his knee is taking the weight without issue in the video. The striker should be ready for more impact work in the coming days and weeks.

Forest’s pre-season training will begin in early July, giving Soudani more than six weeks to be ready. He was lightly jogging and kicking the ball around in March, completed his specialist treatment in Qatar a month later and is now doing a specific workout on his knee.

Martin O’Neill will be very pleased to see that Soudani’s recovery is going as planned. The Forest manager hoped he’d have the striker back for pre-season, and it appears that estimation will be accurate.

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