Premier League: Victor Anichebe makes West Brom fitness vow

Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle tackles Victor Anichebe
Image: Victor Anichebe: West Brom striker in action against Newcastle

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe is to put himself through a personal boot camp in order to revive his season.

The 26-year-old had a hernia operation in September and made his first Premier League start since August in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle.

The Baggies’ next fixture is at Chelsea on November 22 and Anichebe plans to be in top shape at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "For me, over the international break, I need to go away, come back and be as fit as possible. I don't feel as sharp and fit as I was at the start of the season but that will come.

"I came back about a month or six weeks ago from hernia surgery, something which reoccurred after I did it a couple of years ago.

"I need to go away, come back and take care of my own body and be fitter than I have been recently.

"I have the medical team here, they have helped me a lot and I have guys in America I have worked with a lot. Between the two we have come up with a fitness regime which will help me to get to where I should be.

"I will go away and I will do parts to try to get myself ready but I'll also be with the team. We just need to come back after the international break and be ready for the difficult fixtures ahead of us."

Anichebe has only netted four goals for Albion since his £6million move from Everton in September last year and is desperate to prove himself at The Hawthorns following a series of minor injuries.

"For me it's very difficult," he said. "I had niggling injuries here and there and I have just come back from hernia surgery and I had some complications. That's not an excuse or anything, it's just normal.

"I feel a lot better and hopefully, given the break we've got, I can go away, get myself right and come back and help the team."

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