Walker's Waiting Game

GOALKEEPER James Walker will undergo an operation on his injured knee next week and remains determined to play in the coming Premiership campaign.

Walker was a hero of West Ham United's promotion triumph, but the memorable Play-off Final victory over Preston at the Millennium Stadium was tinged with disappointment for the 31-year-old after he fell awkwardly and was carried off with a damaged right knee.

The popular stopper will now undergo an operation to repair the damaged knee before facing an intensive rehabilitation period.

Jim said: "I'm having an operation on the knee next week. It's a cruciate operation, but it's only one and I'm hopeful that it will go well.

"After that it will just be a case of going through the rehabilitation and waiting for the knee to heel. It's difficult to put a timescale on it, we'll just have to wait and see after the operation.

"I'm hopeful that it won't be too long, though."