CHRIS Kirkland fully expects to return to Leicester this week to finally kick-off his emergency loan spell.
The Wigan goalkeeper agreed to join his hometown club last month to get some first-team football under his belt, but has so far been prevented from kicking a ball in anger.
First, the loan was delayed while Kirkland recovered from a bug.
Then he was forced to return to Wigan after suffering a back spasm in training ahead of what would have been his debut against Nottingham Forest on November 29.
Thankfully, Kirkland is now back to 100 per cent, and remains hopeful he can still get something out of the short-term deal.
He told the Evening Post: “A lot’s been made of it again, but it’s fine now.
“I think the loan was going to be cancelled at one point last week, because it looked as though I’d be out for a couple of weeks.
“But thank goodness that’s no longer the case, and hopefully I can get down there later this week, prove my fitness to everyone and get out there on the pitch.
“I’ve spoken to the coaches at Leicester and they’re monitoring the situation.
“But I’m still a Leicester City player on loan, and hopefully I can rejoin the squad and push for a start this weekend.”