Gera hopes for an unbroken campaign
West Bromwich Albion,
West Brom's Zoltan Gera is hoping 12 months of injury misery are behind him as looks to kick-start his second spell with the club.
The Hungary international spent an initial four seasons at The Hawthorns and rejoined from Fulham last summer when he was reunited with former Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson.
But Gera was restricted to just three appearances during the 2011-12 campaign and was a frustrated spectator as Albion secured a Barclays Premier League top 10 finish. He missed the start of the season after undergoing ankle surgery and then knee ligament damage in November after his return signalled the end of his involvement.
Hodgson has since departed for England but Gera is determined to make an impression under new Baggies boss Steve Clarke after launching his comeback during the pre-season tour of Sweden.
Gera said: "Last season did not work out as I would have wanted and to play only three games was so frustrating. I made the decision to come back here because I had many good years in my first spell and being out for so long was very disappointing.
"But I'm looking ahead now, the knee is 100%, I've had a good recovery from my injury and it was a great feeling to play again during pre-season after so many months out. Now I just need to get match sharpness. I'm getting stronger and fitter with each appearance and then it will be up to the coach to decide whether I'm ready when the Liverpool game comes around."