Piquionne on comeback trail
West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne has Manchester United firmly in his sights as he targets a comeback.
Piquionne missed the battling goalless draw at Tottenham after injuring his foot when he scored in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Stoke on March 13.
However, after stepping up his recovery sessions in the gym, the nine-goal forward hopes he will be fighting fit when the relegation-battling Hammers look to put a dent in United's Barclays Premier League title ambitions with victory at Upton Park in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off. "I am recovering well," Piquionne told West Ham TV.
"The physio and I are hoping this week I can train with the first team. My right toes were injured, it was really painful. It was a shame because I started the Stoke game slowly, but I was able to score. I needed to come off and it was a shame for the rest of the game. I think I could have scored again and we might have won the game."
Piquionne hopes to hit the ground running after an extended break.
He added: "It has been good for me. I have two weeks to come back. I have extra time to prepare for the big game against Man U and I hope I can be back."
A four-game unbeaten run has seen Avram Grant's men climb out of the bottom three. Piquionne is confident the Hammers can pick up what would be a morale-boosting third straight home win.
"It is time to take points now because there are just eight games until the end of the season. We need to stay in the Premier League.
"Confidence is high. In the Premier League we have had some good results against Stoke and Liverpool at home and we need to keep this confidence against Manchester United. Maybe we can win the game.
"The supporters are very good and we need them for the rest of the season. I hope we stay in the Premier League and the team will do the maximum for that. For that I need to stay cool to help my team and I need to train hard to get back into the team."