Davide Somma is hoping to make a return to Leeds United, as he recovers from a third knee operation.
The unlucky South African striker’s contract with Leeds expired last season, and because of persistent knee problems he was not offered a new one.
But the 28-year-old Bafana Bafana hit-man has been working with Leeds’ physiotherapy staff this season, and could be fit enough to resume full training next month.
While he is no longer contracted to the Elland Road club, they have felt a duty “to take care of him”, and his dream is now to win his way back into contention, and succeed again for Leeds.
“It’s hard to know what’s going to happen and the gaffer’s going to make his own decisions but when he spoke to me in the summer he said I could come back, get myself fit and then let the club take a look at me,” Somma told the Yorkshire Evening News on Thursday.
“He wasn’t in a position to offer me a contract there and then, which I understood. He wasn’t going to give me a contract when I wasn’t fit. But I’m about a month away from being fit enough to train properly and if I’m able to do a bit of training with the first team then I’ll do my best to impress.”
The striker, who scored 12 goals during his best injury-free spell at Leeds, was linked to a move to Barnsley last month, but was unable to convince them that his two-year long knee ligament misfortune is behind him.
“I never thought I’d be two years down the line and still trying to get myself right,” Somma said.
“It’s been tough but I always wanted to get back playing and I always hoped to make more of an impact at Leeds.
“If there was a chance for me here then I’d take it with both hands.”