Tuesday 23 Jan
Updated Tuesday 23 Jan 18:30
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Fonte: I’m eager to go again and help the team be successful


Jose Fonte cannot wait to get back out onto the pitch and show what he can do.

The Portugal defender is closing in on a return to action after three months out with an ankle injury and is keen to help the Hammers keep their positive run going.

West Ham have enjoyed an unbeaten start to 2018, moving up to eleventh in the table, so as Fonte moves back into full training, he says he cannot have timed his return any better.

“It’s been a while now, three months since I had the injury,” he said. “The new manager came in when I got injured, so I haven’t had the opportunity to show my abilities and I’m looking forward to coming back and helping the team to succeed.

“We have a good momentum and are on a good run and I want to be part of it. I want to win, I want to be successful here and please the fans. I’m eager to go again and work really hard.

I want to win, I want to be successful here and please the fans. I’m eager to go again and work really hard

Jose Fonte

“I had surgery three months ago and had to wear a boot for four weeks. Then I was on crutches for a further four weeks and had to basically start again building strength in my calf and get the mobility in the ankle.

“Now everything is coming into place, I feel great, I feel strong and hope I can have a great second half of the season with the squad and go to the World Cup flying.

"I’m thinking for the Wigan game, if the manager and the physios think it’s a good idea, I could hopefully get a few minutes. If not, then the next game. I’m here to help and be a part of it.”