Troost-Ekong Returns to Training with PAOK Saloniki After Injury

by Hashim
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William Troost-Ekong has made a triumphant return to full training with his Greek club side PAOK Saloniki, marking the end of a challenging period following surgery, MySportDab Reports.

The 30-year-old defender underwent a surgical procedure after his stellar performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in January, where Nigeria clinched the runner-up position in an electrifying final against the hosts.

Despite sustaining a significant injury to his right leg’s biceps femoris during Nigeria’s clash against Cote d’Ivoire, Ekong showcased exceptional resilience and determination throughout the tournament. Notably, he scored three crucial goals and was deservedly crowned Player of the Tournament.

Following the conclusion of the Afcon, Ekong underwent a successful minor surgery in Finland before embarking on a period of rehabilitation in London.

Now, his return to the training ground in Thessaloniki couldn’t come at a more opportune moment.

PAOK Saloniki finds themselves in a pivotal phase of the Greek Super League championship play-offs, currently occupying the second spot on the table.

Ekong’s presence in the upcoming matches against top contenders is anticipated to provide a significant boost to the team’s aspirations for clinching the title.

Moreover, Ekong’s regained fitness is a source of optimism for the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, as they gear up for crucial World Cup qualifying fixtures under the guidance of newly-appointed head coach Finidi George.

Recently, Ekong publicly praised George’s leadership qualities and humility, emphasizing their importance for the team’s success on the international stage.

Beyond his on-field contributions, Ekong remains committed to making a difference off the pitch. He is on the brink of launching his charity foundation in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, with ambitious plans to spearhead projects aimed at inspiring and empowering the next generation.

From establishing educational institutions to orchestrating charity matches involving football icons and entertainers, Ekong’s foundation endeavors to create opportunities and foster positive change within the community.

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