KV Oostende have received a major boost over the World Cup break, as key midfielder Maxime D’Arpino has returned to full contact training following a long term injury. In an interview with HLN, Oostende head coach Dominik Thalhammer was clearly delighted to see the return of the midfielder. The coach said “Max is a key player, leader, very intelligent and connected to the central defenders”.
Former Lyon youth player D’Arpino has not played a single game for the side this season, after featuring in 29 last year. The 26 year-old suffered a cruciate ligament and meniscus injury back in April 2022, with him only just resuming training this month.
During his time at Oostende he has played 71 games, scoring four and providing six assists. The French midfielder was a key player during the 2020-2021 season under Alexander Blessin, when the Kustboys made the play-offs and were in with a chance of European football.
Thalhammer took over from Yves Vanderhaeghe as Oostende manager, almost a year after he took over from the same coach at Cercle Brugge, who he was sacked by a few months ago.