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Odemwingie still not fully fit

Published 29/07/2015

Peter Odemwingie is working his way back to peak fitness for Stoke City
Peter Odemwingie is working his way back to peak fitness for Stoke City

Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie admits he is still a few months away from peak fitness following his knee injury.

Odemwingie made a late return to action last season after eight months out, while in July he was handed a contract extension by the Potters until the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Nigeria international, 34, will have the option of a further 12 months next summer, and for now is keen to repay the faith of manager Mark Hughes.

As Stoke prepare for the season opener against Liverpool, who they thrashed 6-1 in the final game of 2014-15, Odemwingie told Stoke City Player: "It's been nine months now.

"I'm still a few months away from being 100 per cent, but I am happy with where I am now. I do all the necessary work. Fitness now is what I want to achieve - there's no shortcuts.

"I just have to make those efforts off the ball as well, which I try my best to do, which will bring me back to my best physical condition."

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