Atsu returns to Bournemouth training

Ghana winger Christian Atsu has resumed full training after three months on the side-lines.

The Bournemouth forward has been out since September following an injury setback on national duty.

The 23-year-old speedster is still awaiting his English Premier League debut for the Cherries, having made just two league cup appearances since joining the side on a season-long loan from Chelsea in the summer.

“Chris [Atsu] has been out for some time. We’re building him up slowly and managing him so he doesn’t break down again,” Bournemouth assistant coach Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo.

“When a player has been out for a number of weeks, they need a good few training sessions under their belt to make sure there is no recurrence of the injury or no further damage.

“They need to get that sharpness and fitness back which they are going to need to perform in games. We are at the stage with Chris where he has only trained for a couple of days since he has been back.

“He will be assessed week by week and, hopefully, we will have him back available for selection in the next three weeks or so, providing everything goes to plan.”

Atsu’s injury setback saw him miss Ghana’s friendly encounter with Canada in October as well as the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying double-header with Comoros in November.

The former Porto man is expected to return to competitive action in 2016.