Kevin Campbell has backed his son and Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell to return from injury a stronger player.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal striker revealed the 20-year-old is fully focused on his operation and coming back in better shape.

The Potters confirmed last week Campbell will likely miss the remainder of the 2020/21 season after sustaining a serious knee injury against Cardiff City earlier this month.

The forward fell awkwardly against the Bluebirds and will now undergo surgery on his knee.

It comes at an unfortunate time for the England Under-20 international who has scored seven goals and provided seven assists in 18 appearances across all competitions this season.

His performances had earned him the PFA’s Championship Player of the Month award for September and October.

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Asked by Football Insider how his son was coping after suffering the first serious injury of his fledgling career, Campbell said: “It is all part and parcel of the game.

“Unfortunately, it has come at a time when he was really getting a good run in the team. He was playing well but these things happen.

“I spoke to him and he is just focused on the operation, coming back and being stronger. He has got a very good mindset and he has always had a good mindset. That would help him through a difficult time.

“It is important to approach injury in the right way. He is of course gutted that he cannot help Stoke moving forward but he has his own battle on.

“He needs to focus on his recovery and that is what he will do. I am very proud of him for having that mindset. He is only 21 on the 28th.”

In other news, Stoke City and Reading are racing to sign a young Motherwell winger on a pre-contract agreement.