Hitzlsperger set for reserves
Thomas Hitzlsperger is to make progress in his return from injury by featuring for West Ham's reserves.
Last Updated: 08/02/11 8:19pm
Thomas Hitzlsperger is desperate to help West Ham's battle for Premier League survival as he prepares to make progress in his return from injury by featuring for the club's reserves.
The Germany midfielder has yet to make his competitive debut for the Hammers since arriving from Lazio on a free transfer last summer and he has been sorely missed.
Having starred in pre-season, Hitzlsperger then suffered a calf injury while on international duty before returning to training and tearing the muscle off the bone to leave him facing four months of rehabilitation.
West Ham have spent most of the season in the relegation zone in the former Aston Villa midfielder's absence, but he is closing in on a first-team debut as he gets ready to step up his recovery with a reserves outing against West Brom on Wednesday.
"I had a tough time behind me, but it's all looking good at the moment and I want to improve, first of all to be fully fit and then to help the team to stay in this league," Hitzlsperger told West Ham TV online.
"Although I haven't played yet for the club, I am looking forward to the first game playing in the West Ham United shirt and hopefully it will be soon."
While he has been out, Hitzlsperger has had time to look over West Ham's plans for the Olympic Stadium and he hopes the club's bid is successful.
He said: "When we go away from home there are always some nice places we play at, but it would be fantastic to have this as our home ground to play at every other week.
"It wouldn't only benefit West Ham United as a football club and the supporters of the club, it's also important for athletics and for the community to show that there are other things besides football."