German-born Ghanaian forward Karim Bellarabi returned to full training on Friday after his 10-month injury layoff.
The former German Under-21 star played his last game for Leverkusen in the Europa League on October 25, 2012 in which he torn the ligaments in his knee and had to also undergo surgery for pubic bone inflammation.
The 23-year-old has now fully recovered and was in the Leverkusen training camp on Friday to undergo pre-season with them after being cleared by Leverkusen physio Daniel Jouvin.
“I am happy, I believe in my career, I will work like a dog on my comeback but I know it will not be easy after the long layoff,” Bellarabi told Bild.
“I am still a little cautious and don’t want to rush in anything but today’s training was very good,” Bellarabi added. “Maybe I can fully work with the team soon and become a big part again.”
The talented forward who is still eligible to play for Ghana and Morocco at senior level is a loan transfer target for newly-promoted Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig and Hertha Berlin.