Gerhard Struber remains hopeful that Bambo Diaby will play this season but admits the defender is finding the wait ‘very very difficult’.

The centre-back has been suspended since January during an investigation into an alleged doping violation at Blackburn Rovers in November.  He is back in training and chief executive Dane Murphy last week could not rule out that he would play this season while criticising how long the investigation has taken. 

Head coach Struber told the Chronicle: “I hope he can play but we have no more new information. It is not easy for Bambo or for me or the club.  We have to accept this situation and hope that maybe he can play. “He gets from every player and every staff member a good feeling. 

“He is an important player in our squad and the feeling for him is helpful.  He is a professional who works very hard. He is in very good shape right now and it is clear that, if he can play for us, he will have a big impact on our results.”

Struber added: “For Bambo it is very difficult to wait and wait and wait.  “We have had no answer why the duration is so long. It is a disadvantage for the whole team because Bambo is a very important player.”