It’s been a season of frustration for Benik Afobe – as well, of course, as a very sad one away from football.
The Stoke City forward left the Potteries last summer in the hope of reigniting his career when he made for Championship rivals Bristol City.
Under Robins boss Lee Johnson, he hit the ground running, scoring three times in his first six league appearances.
Then disaster struck in training back in September, when he suffered a serious knee injury that he was told would rule him out for the entire campaign – he underwent knee surgery on his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and LCL (lateral collateral ligament) and has, in recent weeks, slowly been working his way back out onto grass, with a ball at his feet.
During this coronavirus pandemic, the former Arsenal forward has, like every other professional footballer, been striving to keep those fitness levels up from within the confines of their own home – and Afobe has been keeping his followers on social media updated regularly.
The striker, who to date has scored eight times for City after arriving from Wolves in the summer of 2018, has been practising his close control with a ball at his feet in his back garden, and played a game of one-two with his garden wall!
Captioning the short clip with the words “sometimes all you need is a ball and a wall”, it’s good to see that Afobe is back out and running and conducting simple training drills after his lengthy layoff.
It remains to be seen whether Afobe will ever pull a red and white shirt on again, however; the Robins could make the loan deal a permanent one, despite the 26-year-old’s injury, with BristolLive claiming this week that such a deal would bank Stoke around £6m.