Bonjour everyone,

I am happy to now be doing my job, playing football, and my recovery has been amazingly quick. I am surprised, like everybody, but we've taken our time and worked hard together and my knee is steady and I can play.

I played 90 minutes in the game on Tuesday against Gillingham and I think this was my last test. Now, I think I am available for the first team and hopefully I will train hard to have a chance to play with West Ham United.

I am not feeling 100 per cent just yet, but my knee is feeling stable and stronger. With every training session I will get better and I am happy to be playing because it was eight hard weeks.

I was very unlucky because I did a good pre-season, but football is like that. I must accept my injury and I have worked hard to come back. Now I'm on the pitch and I try to do my best and am available for the team now. I will train hard every day to try to play in the Premier League. Maybe I will be involved against Chelsea. I hope so. I hope I will be ready, but it is up to the manager.

Before then, I will be watching the World Cup Play-Off matches between France and Ukraine. France is my country and I hope we will go to the World Cup in Brazil next year.

We were in a very difficult qualifying group with Spain, who went through automatically. Now, I think the Play-Off is 50-50. It will be difficult to play in Kiev. I have played before against this team, Ukraine, and it is really hard to play against them away from home. France must score one away goal and they will have a chance to go to the World Cup.

I was a lucky guy because I played in the World Cup final in 2006. It was my best experience in my job and I can talk about it with the young players, which is amazing. The feeling was one you cannot feel before or after.

I have too many pictures in my head of that final - Zinedine Zidane's penalty kick, his red card, the great atmosphere in Berlin and the penalty shootout we ultimately lost. We were very unlucky to lose this final because I think we were better than Italy and played better football.

The World Cup is a big event and a country like France must be there in 2014. England, Brazil and the other big countries will be there, so the France squad must not miss this World Cup. It will be hard to go through, but we can. We have good players like Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema playing for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, so they must go to the World Cup.

It will be great for us as a country and a people if we could go to the World Cup.

A bientôt,

Alou