West Ham star: Future is 'looking good'

Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan is delighted to be returning from injury, with West Ham preparing to take the Premier League by storm.

The Hammers sit in seventh place after seven games played, with memorable victories against Liverpool and QPR setting the team up for a good Premier League campaign.

The performances of Stewart Downing, Alex Song and Diafra Sakho have wowed audiences in the early part of this season, and what is even more impressive is that Sam Allardyce has overseen the impressive start despite a number of injuries to key players.

Andy Carroll is still out of action, whilst Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble have missed various parts of games so far due to fitness issues. However, the key man to have missed the start of the season is club captain Kevin Nolan, who has been in action for just 122 minutes of gametime, having been injured in mid-August.

He was due to be out for a number of months, but, having completed two 90-minute spells for the Hammers development squad, and made two substitute appearances for the first-team, he looks to be ready to return to action following the return of the Premier League this weekend.

And speaking to the official West Ham website, Nolan revealed his delight at returning to action ahead of schedule, with the future looking good for the Hammers.

The 32-year-old said: "When I first suffered the injury, the timeframe was six to eight weeks before I could get on the pitch and do anything, so I'm three or four weeks ahead of it in that respect.

"At the end of the day I've got every confidence in myself - I work hard at everything I do and I've got a great team around me in the physios and coaching staff who have supported me.

"That makes it easier, with the boys' support too, and it makes you want to be back as quickly as possible and I'm delighted to be back amongst it.”

With the international break occurring during Nolan’s injury, it allows him to recover whilst missing as little action as possible, and he is pleased it came at the right time.

He added: "The international break was timed well for us, especially after the result we got last weekend. Coming into Burnley next week we're going to have virtually everybody training.

"That's fantastic and it's going to raise everything for us, so the future's looking good."

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