Gera thankful of Baggies support
By Juha Pal
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Injured West Bromwich Albion star Zoltan Gera has thanked the club for their support.
Injured West Bromwich Albion star Zoltan Gera has thanked the club for trying to help him regain his fitness.
Gera has seen his season interrupted by injury, as he has been struggling with a hernia and pelvic problem.
The 27-year-old returned to his native Hungry to undergo treatment on his pelvic injury and he is delighted with the support the club have shown him through these difficult times.
"I have received the possible most attention and care from the whole staff of West Bromwich and I'm very grateful for this.
"The latest weeks and months have caused me lots of difficulties because it's known that I feel good only when I'm playing football. When a footballer is sidelined, then he's suffering more day by day.
"It's hard to accept when you're not allowed to play, only watch the others and you can't be in the changing room with your mates. This time, you can't bear inactivity and you're more worried if the recovery is slower than you thought.
"It was a trouble for me, that as the weeks were passing by, one match was followed by another and I couldn't be useful for my team.
"In this situation, it was very important for me that our manager, Bryan Robson, stood by me and cheered me too.
"The doctors and everyone did their best too and, in the face of it, my comeback was slipped again and again.
"It was hard to get over, but it was very good to feel that though I was injured, they [the club and the fans] considered me to be a valuable player who they needed."
Gera, who had made only nine appearances this season, is hopeful that he has finally put his injury problems behind him and that he can return to action soon.
"I was amazed that the club allowed me to spend some days in Hungary, where I was examined by Hungarian doctors," he added.
"Fortunately, I feel hardly any pain. I don't want to speak too soon, but I hope that everything will be alright and I will be back as soon as possible.
"I want to be a real member of the squad and the changing room, I don't want to fight against the fitness machines, but the opponents on the pitch.
"I would like to be with my team-mates again and fight together for WBA's Premiership stay."