Albion star reveals return hopes
West Bromwich Albion,
West Brom's Zoltan Gera claims he will doing ball work within three weeks as he continues his return from a serious knee injury.
The 33-year-old Hungary international midfielder has been sidelined since November after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament in the Baggies' game with Tottenham at the Hawthorns, in what was only his third appearance of the campaign following ankle trouble.
However, after returning to training towards the end of last season, Gera claims he should soon be in a position to start running again and then be able to start kicking a ball by the second half of June.
On his recovery, Gera told the club's website: "Hopefully I will have no more injuries or operations.
"Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll be running again and maybe in three weeks' time I might have a ball at my feet."
Meanwhile, the former Fulham star feels Albion will have their work cut out to improve on this past season's tenth-placed finish under a new manager next term after Roy Hodgson's departure to take over the England job.
"I think it will be a difficult season next season," added Gera.
"Every season is difficult because if you have a bad spell in the season you can go down.
"If we can stay in the top ten that will be very, very good for the club.
"The squad is very strong and when players have been injured other players have come in and done well.
"I'm sure the club will sign new players and the club will be stronger.
"Expectation will be higher - but that's good for the team."