Malky On The Mend

Malky Mackay could return to action as soon as the next game for West Ham - if all goes according to plan.

Says John Green:

"Malky is doing great; he is a fantastic player to have around the place with a good personality.

"He will start running in the week with the plan being to try and get him available for Queens Park Rangers next weekend."

Malky himself says:

"It is about rest and recovery and getting into training when the calf is fit again.

"I am in good hands with Andy Walker and John Green - they have been fantastic and I am pushing it to be as fit as possible.

"I have been playing it day by day to see how it goes and I have been in every day."

Malky's absence has not only meant missing domestic games, but also ruled him out of Scotland duty against Norway this weekend.

"It has been great being involved in the international scene this year and missing these two games at this point is very frustrating because the next qualifiers aren't until March," he says.

"I want to represent my country as often as I can and the Scotland manager was disappointed that I couldn't play; he was going to take in the Wolves game, which he decided against in the end.

"It was hard making the phone call to say I couldn't play because I am passionate about playing for Scotland."