Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson says Ghanaian striker Antoine Semenyo is frustrated after his injury set-back and has backed him to continue studying his own game following his spell on the sidelines 12 months ago.
Semenyo, who enjoyed an amazing season with the English Championship side picked up an injury during the Black Stars game against Madagascar early this month.
The 22-year-old will be out of action for up to 12 weeks with a shin injury, ruling him out of the opening games of the season with a return to training likely to be at the beginning of September.
“It’s a frustration for him. He had a really good second half of the season and he’s an exciting player. But we just have to see how that one goes,” Pearson told Robins TV.
“What’s important for him is that he continues to be the type of player, he learned a lot last year when he was out injured, he studies his own game and he’s very ambitious.
He added, “I’m delighted for him and his family that he made his debut for Ghana and his federation were very diligent in making sure they looked after him and that he came back so we could make decisions on how to deal with his shin problem.”
“We’ll see, I don’t know how long he’ll be about for at this moment in time but he’ll be fine.”
Semenyo underwent knee surgery 12 months ago and it wasn’t until December when he fully regained his fitness. He transformed the team’s attack as he scored eight goals and provided 12 assists in 31 league appearances last term.