English Premiership

Fonte upbeat after undergoing ankle operation

2017-11-08 13:49
Jose Fonte.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jose Fonte is determined to make himself available to new West Ham boss David Moyes "as soon as possible" after undergoing ankle surgery on Monday.

The 33-year-old defender missed the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday after hurting his ankle in the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace the previous weekend.

The hiding by the Reds proved to be Slaven Bilic's last game in charge of the Hammers, who replaced him with Moyes this week.

Fonte revealed before his operation that he expected to be out of action for up to three months, but he's hoping to make a speedy recovery.

"Obviously I'm disappointed and frustrated because it was an unnecessary tackle (which caused the injury)," the Portugal international told his club's official website.

"That's part of football and now it's time to focus on returning after the surgery on Monday and having a good recovery so I can be back as soon as possible.

"Now I've had the surgery, I will have to wear a cast for two weeks, then a boot for two weeks and finally a brace for two weeks, so that's six weeks. Then after that it's getting back my fitness levels.

"I'm not scared of working hard, so I'll put the hard work in. We have great physios and great doctors at the club, so we'll be working hard together to be back stronger and fresher."

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