Crocked Levante UD forward Emmanuel Boateng has taken a significant step in his recovery after partaking in his first work in the gym, a month since successfully undergoing a surgery on his left knee.

The 21 year old picked up the injury during Levante’s pre-season friendly against Bournemouth in July.

He was given a recovery period of between four to six weeks, but may well be set for an earlier return.

The Ghanaian international has begun work at the Ivre Clinic together with the team's recuperator, Javier Olmo, to put the intervened joint into operation.

Bar any setbacks, Levante’s La Liga fixture against Espanyol on September 16 could see Boateng get his first minutes of the season.

He played 25 games last season and scored 7 goals including his famous hat trick against Spanish Champions FC Barcelona.

By Daraja Mutari