Ghana and Marseille attacker Andre Ayew has returned to action after recovering from a shoulder operation that kept him out of action for three months.
The 22-year-old trained fully with the first team of his French club on Tuesday – the second day of their pre-season training after missing Monday’s opening session.
His return to full fitness is a massive boost for both club and country with the league starting next month in France while Ghana has important 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers in October.
The injury kept him out of key World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Lesotho but with the long-standing shoulder problem out of the way Ayew can now concentrate on playing for the Black Stars.
His missing of Monday’s training session sparked concerns but it has emerged that he want in Lyon to perform tests on the injury to see whether he has fully recovered.
Ayew, 22, went under the knife in April with a view to being fit for the start of the new season.
The Ghana international has been playing through the pain since picking up the problem at the African Nations Cup in January.
But it was decided the operation must go ahead before the end of last season to ensure that he is fit for the new term.