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Bojinov begins the long road back

Mark Hughes has revealed that Bulgarian striker Valeri Bojinov is back at Carrington and ready to start on the road to recovery following his Achilles tendon injury.

It was a cruel blow for the 22-year-old when he suffered the injury in the warm up ahead of the opening day defeat at Aston Villa.

But today Hughes told mcfc.co.uk: "He’s back with us now and will be starting his rehabilitation in earnest.

"He was showing everybody his scar yesterday like a war wound. I’ve seen scars from that type of injury before and they looked a lot angrier than Valeri’s does.

"It looks excellent in fairness and we’re very hopeful given where the tendon snapped. If there is a good place it was the optimum position, right in the middle, so the prognosis is really good for him."

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Apparantly he was immense during his last rehab so here's hoping that this one is as successful as that.

It was a great shame that he missed virtually all of last season as I thought he would have been a great asset to the side - and may well have made more of a success out of Bianchi.

This pre-season he was beginning to look sharp and it was so unfortunate that he once again went down, but by all accounts the injury was the 'best' it could have been in terms of healing.

I've been a big fan of his since his early days in Serie A and was so looking forward to him in our line-up this season - and with the arrival of Robinho and Wright-Phillips even more so.

Here's hoping 2009 can herald better fortune for Bojinov and we can finally get to see the best of him.