St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson gives update on Kenyan forward Jonah Ayunga

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STARS ABROAD St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson gives update on Kenyan forward Jonah Ayunga

Festus Chuma 17:30 - 22.09.2023

St Mirren's Stephen Robinson praises Jonah Ayunga's resilience and talent, extending his contract as the Kenyan striker nears a comeback.

Kenyan international Jonah Ayunga is on the verge of making a remarkable comeback for his side St Mirren after a debilitating ACL injury that sidelined him earlier this year.

The Buddies manager Stephen Robinson spoke highly of Ayunga, emphasizing the striker's resilience and the club's faith in his abilities. 

Ayunga, a 26-year-old Kenyan international, had been enjoying an impressive season, scoring seven goals, when the devastating injury occurred during a 1-0 victory over Motherwell.

"Everyone knows what I think of him," Robinson stated as per Daily Record. "He’s a very talented boy. He gives us another option in the forward areas. Without putting any extra pressure on him, he’s done brilliant to get to where he is."

Robinson expressed his optimism regarding Ayunga's return to the pitch, revealing that the striker might feature in reserve-team matches in the coming weeks. 

"We’re hoping he’ll get some game time in the reserves in four or five weeks," Robinson explained.

The manager deferred to the expertise of the club's physio, Gerry Docherty, regarding Ayunga's readiness for full participation. 

"I just get told when he’s ready to join in fully again," Robinson added.

St Mirren's decision to offer Ayunga a contract extension despite his ongoing recovery underscores their belief in his potential. 

"It made sense the club showing loyalty offering him a contract this early in the belief he will get back to full fitness which he’s still a good bit away from,” the coach commented.

Robinson also acknowledged the mental and emotional challenges that come with a prolonged injury layoff. 

"It’s a lonely time," he said. "There are a lot of doubts on whether you’ll come back to where you were,” he noted.

Throughout his recovery, Ayunga has received tremendous support from his teammates, who have celebrated his achievements and milestones. 

Robinson stressed that Ayunga is not alone in his journey back to the pitch. "The boys are clapping him when he scores a goal or keeps a ball in possession. It’s a boost for him, and he knows everyone is behind him."