Brian Ackley
Courtesy of Indiana University

American Exports: Former IU star Ackley on mend

AMSTERDAM – After missing out as his side resumed the season with a weekend draw, new Pribram striker Brian Ackley says he is not far from a return to action from a knee injury.

The 11th-place survivalists emerged from the Gambrinus Liga winter hibernation with a 0-0 result against Mladá Boleslav on Saturday.

"I tweaked my knee in training while cutting," Ackley told by phone. "The doctor said [I'd be out] three to four weeks and I am coming up on my fourth week next Wednesday. I feel pretty good and have started run."

The former Indiana University forward expects to be competing for pitch time once his recovery is complete.

"I feel very confident in making the selection when I return to playing," said the 24-year-old Ackley. "I started the first winter games before I hurt my knee and played fairly well, I believe. Its a very different style of play but I feel that I was adjusting quickly. I am feeling stronger every day, and really look forward to getting back on the pitch and helping the team."

Pribram's weekend visit to red-hot Czech giants Sparta Prague comes to soon for Ackley, but he could start shooting for a place in the squad when they visit Slovan Liberec the following Saturday.

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