Gera gunning for Xmas return
By Juha Pal
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Zoltan Gera says he is sure of returning to The Premiership before the end of 2005.West Brom star Zoltan Gera says he is sure of returning to The Premiership before the end of 2005.
The Hungarian star has been sidelined for two months after undergoing an operation for a hernia, but returned to action in Monday night's reserve encounter against Aston Villa.
The Baggies lost 4-0 to their local rivals, but Gera's return will have pleased boss Bryan Robson - who believes the former Ferencvaros man could be ready for a recall to the squad to face Portsmouth on Saturday.
Whilst Gera was not so concrete in the date of his potential first team comeback, the popular Hungarian insisted he was ready to help in the busy festive period after returning to action.
"At the moment I don't feel pain and now this is the most important thing," Gera told his official website, www.gerazoltan.com.
"After a long time on Tuesday I had a day-off and Wednesday morning I joined in the training again.
"I don't know when I'll come back in The Premiership but it's almost sure that I [will come back] this year.
"Therefore Bryan Robson may use me during the big Christmas period.
"That's surely a good sign that my surgery was done less than four weeks ago and now I attend full training."
Gera played 45 minutes for the second string, and insists he suffered no unexpected ill effects on his return to action.
"This 45 minutes play was very good training for me and everything happened as we decided before the game," Gera added.
"We made an agreement with the doctors and the trainers that I play one half and fight till my last breath on the pitch.
"After the game I got very tired and felt stiff in my legs but I knew that it would happen, so no extraordinary things happened."