Brooke Hendrix cannot contain her excitement at the possibility of returning to action this Sunday in the SSE Women's FA Cup fifth round match with Huddersfield Town Ladies.
The centre-back has been unable to feature for West Ham United in the last three competitive matches due to suspension, but will be able to play for Matt Beard's side this weekend if called upon.
The American admitted that not playing, having missed out on football since the beginning of January, has been difficult, but Hendrix is more than ready to step back out onto the Rush Green pitch this Sunday, if she is needed.
It’s been over a month since I’ve been able to play a match, which has been killing me to be honest.
"I’m really excited to get back playing," Hendrix told whufc.com. "It’s been over a month since I’ve been able to play a match, which has been killing me to be honest. I’m more than ready to step out there again and, if selected to play, I’ll be so happy."
In Huddersfield Town, West Ham will be playing an opponent who secured the upset of the fourth round against Championship side Charlton Athletic. The Terriers were three goals behind with just 15 minutes to play in the last round, but battled back to level the fixture before winning on penalties.
Hendrix recognises the challenge Huddersfield will pose and is hopeful the Irons can build on the victory in their last game, at home to Blackburn Rovers.
She continued: "Winning against Huddersfield would put us in the quarter-finals, which is a great platform to build on. Obviously, we want to go as far as we can. We need to be at our best to beat Huddersfield in this match. I’m looking forward to it."
Having played in Scotland, Switzerland, Italy and now England, Hendrix has featured in a number of prestigious cup competitions, and the defender has been told by her teammates about the history of the FA Cup.
The No4 is now targeting a push into the latter stages of the tournament, with a win on Sunday putting West Ham into the quarter-finals.
"I’ve obviously heard about the prestige of the FA Cup, but since being here I’ve really started to get it," Hendrix added. "There’s a real history to this competition and it’s an honour to be involved in. It’s important to keep going and have a good run in this tournament."
Tickets are priced at just £5 adults and £1 under-16 for this Sunday's FA Cup match! What’s more, with no men’s team game this weekend, if you’re an adult Season Ticket Holder, you can get in for only £2.
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