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Aleksandar Tunchev stepped up his return from a long-term injury yesterday when he completed 45 minutes of a training game.
The Bulgarian defender has endured two-years of misery since he damaged a cruciate ligament at Crystal Palace in January, 2009, and has not played for Leicester City since the Carling Cup game at Preston in September that year
Tunchev took a significant step towards a first-team return yesterday.
Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said the Bulgarian was delighted to come through the training game, but said they would still be cautious about a possible return.
“We will see how the knee reacts over the next 24 to 48 hours, that is the main concern,” said Eriksson.
“I spoke to him after the 45 minutes and you could see in his face he was happy but extremely tired.
“It is one thing to be in the gym and another to go out on the pitch where you have to change direction, speed up and slow down. It is quite different.
“He didn’t look ready, but that is not important. The important thing is he played 45 minutes, and now we have to see how his knee reacts.
“He is at least a month away before he is match fit, but the most important thing is that he doesn’t get a bad reaction to his knee.
“It is incredible to see him back. He has been out for two years and is in the gym every day. Let’s hope it is over and he will soon be playing for us.”
Fellow defender Miguel Vitor also came through the game as he continues his comeback from a hamstring injury.
The Portuguese defender has been out since damaging a hamstring at Ipswich before Christmas, and has been doing his rehabilitation at parent club Benfica.
However, he has returned to City to recommence his season-long loan and Eriksson said he could soon be in the reckoning for a first team recall.
“He played for an hour in a reserve game and he was okay,” he said. “He was not match fit but it is good to have him back. I don’t know how long before he can play again, a week or maybe two at least.”
New Leicester City first-team coach Dietmar Hamann said the experience of working with Sven-Goran Eriksson would be ‘priceless’.
The 37-year-old German international, who was player-coach at League One MK Dons, reckons it was just too good an opportunity to turn down.
Hamann, who was appointed yesterday, has stayed in touch with Eriksson and assistant Derek Fazackerley since their time together at Manchester City, and said the move would be good for his coaching and managerial career.
“It is a big, traditional club which used to be in the Premier league,” said Hamann, who replaces Chris Powell after his departure to become manager at Charlton Athletic.
“I had a few battles at Filbert Street before the new stadium was built. But, more importantly, Sven being here was a huge factor. He is a big influence and to again work with him, not as a player but as a coach, is great.
“Hopefully, I will contribute to the team’s success, and at the same time, learn from him.
“I want to work with an experienced manager for two or three years so I can learn, but to get the opportunity to work with Sven and learn from him at an early stage of my coaching career is priceless.”
Eriksson said the City players would benefit from working with Hamann, who was capped 62 times by Germany.
“His knowledge of football is incredible and he will fit into the set-up very well,” said the Swede. “He can teach the players so much. When he was a player he thought about football all the time.”
Ironically, it was Hamann who scored the winning goal for Germany against England at Wembley in 2000 which triggered Kevin Keegan’s departure and Eriksson’s arrival as England manager.
“I said to him that I owed him a job because he fixed a job for me,” joked Eriksson. “He scored against England at Wembley, and it was the last game for Kevin Keegan. I was offered the job after that.”