Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Gera eyeing derby comeback

Zoltan Gera

Zoltan Gera has set his sights on making his first team comeback for West Brom in Saturday's derby at Aston Villa after a successful return to reserve action.

Gera played the opening 45 minutes for the second team in Tuesday night's clash with Arsenal, scoring once and setting up another goal in a 3-1 win. It was his first game of any sort since rejoining Albion in the summer for a second spell after being sidelined with various ankle problems.

Now Gera hopes he can be involved as a substitute against Villa. The Hungary international said: "I've been in better shape and I was tired at the end. I felt I was fit sometime ago but then had another injury."

He added: "Now I'm back and happy. I will keep training and hope to get back to my best soon.

"Fitness is the key now. I'm not ready for a full game but maybe 20-30 minutes.

"Saturday is the manager's decision but I will work hard and maybe 15-20 minutes would be good."

West Brom are optimistic defender Steven Reid will be available to face Villa after undergoing minor hand surgery following a challenge from Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole 11 days ago.

Cattermole claimed afterwards that Reid "rolls around like a girl." But Baggies head coach Roy Hodgson said: "I don't care one little bit what Lee Cattermole says.

"Players do themselves an enormous disservice making journalists jobs easier by giving them little headlines."