Gera targets festive cheer
By Juha Pal
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Zoltan Gera hopes to be fit to return for West Brom's festive programme.
West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera has targeted a return to first team action in time for Albion's busy festive programme.
Gera has missed Albion's last five matches with a groin problem but underwent a successful hernia operation on Tuesday.
Despite indifferent personal form at the start of a season, which was also plagued by a hand injury, Gera has been much missed by Baggies manager Bryan Robson.
Albion find themselves third from bottom in The Premiership and Robson is desperate to have his full complement of players available in order to ward off the increasingly ominous threat of relegation.
The Hungarian international has now targeted Albion's trip to Liverpool on New Year's Eve as a tentative return date, although he insists he will not rush a comeback.
"Everybody asks when I'll be back," Gera told his personal website.
"It's not easy to say a proper date but Professor Gilmore told me before the surgery that after a four-week-long rehabilitation I would be a fully fit player, he confirmed it after the surgery too.
"It might happen that I won't be able to play immediately after four weeks but I'd love to.
"I don't quicken anything, I do what the doctors say but my aim is full recovery.
"In England the end of the year is high season in football and I'd like to help my team at the end of December."