Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has returned to light training for the first time in three months after recuperating from a ruptured Achilles tendon last December, reports.

Despite initial fears that the 26-year-old combative midfielder will be out for the rest of the season, the AFCON 2013 winner maintained he was optimistic of playing this season and has now returned well in time to fight for a place in Nigeria’s June AFCON return in Egypt.

An excited Onazi posted a picture on the grass hugging his coach with a caption: “My coach and teacher, your student is back”.

His return will be a massive boost to the Unal Karaman side who have felt his absence as they bid to solidify their top four hopes and a possible miraculous chase for a champions league berth.

The former Lazio midfielder featured in 16 games before his injury, scoring twice but it was his ball-winning genius that stood him out in the league, as the Nigerian won more tackles and had more successful passes than any other Trabzonspor player this campaign and was also second-best passer in the league.