Tuesday 22 May 2012

Gera determined to be back for pre-season

West Bromwich Albion midfielder eager to return to training after serious knee injury

Zoltan Gera had just started his second West Bromwich Albion spell when injury struck

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Zoltan Gera says he is working hard to be fit for the start of pre-season training.

The 33-year-old Hungarian is on the comeback trail after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the first-half of the match against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of November.

Gera ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and was expected to be out of action for between six to nine months.

"I'm looking forward to playing next season and continuing what I started"
- Zoltan Gera

There was speculation that he would return before the end of the Barclays Premier League campaign but with West Brom ensuring they ended the season in a comfortable position, there was no need for him to be rushed back.

"I just want to be fit for pre-season - that's the main thing," Gera told the club's official website. "I have nearly another two months and I'll be around the training ground working hard.

"I can't wait to start training with the team.

"I have to thank the team and the head coach for keeping the team up in the Premier League otherwise it would have been a big blow for the team, and especially for me.

"I can now prepare for the Premier League. The home form was a problem during the first half of the season so to finish 10th was a big achievement.

"Obviously I just want to be fit because it was a frustrating season for me."

Second spell

Gera is in his second spell for the Baggies, having re-joined the club from Fulham in August 2011 on a two-year contract.

The injury occurred in the third match of his comeback and Gera says his performance in the victory over Bolton Wanderers in November has helped him during his recovery.

"That was a very good game for me," added Gera, who made over 150 appearances for West Brom in his first spell from 2004 to 2008. "If I'd played a bad game things would have been more difficult in the recovery.

"I enjoyed it, and that's the last football in my mind. Then we started well against Tottenham and I got injured.

"The supporters were just unbelievable for me. I'm looking forward to playing next season and continuing what I started. I'm sure if I'm fit I can play for the team."

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  • West Brom's Zoltan Gera determined to be fit for pre-season training
  • Midfileder ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament last November
  • Gera looking forward to training with first team again