Jose Fonte wants first-team chance at West Ham United

Jose Fonte of West Ham United in action during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4, 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

West Ham United defender Jose Fonte has been out injured since October.

Jose Fonte of West Ham United in action during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4, 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Jose Fonte has insisted to West Ham United’s official website that he is ready to perform a role for the side again.

Fonte has not featured for the Hammers since November, owing to a knee injury.

However, the Portuguese centre-back is back and available for selection again.

And Fonte has urged David Moyes to pick him, as he wants to help West Ham start climbing up the Premier League table.

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes looks on before the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at the American Express...

“I’ve said before and I’ll say it again – I’m ready,” Fonte said. “Whenever the manager needs me, I’m ready and just want to be out there helping the boys, producing good performances.

“All I am focused on now is helping the team and helping us get up the table.”

Fonte’s return to West Ham boosts Moyes’ options at the back, at a crucial stage of the season.

Jose Fonte of West Ham United tackles Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2017 in...

The Hammers have suffered badly with injuries so far this campaign, but a number of players are returning now.

Whether Fonte will be used as a regular remains to be seen, as the Hammers have been in solid form in the league over recent times.

West Ham have avoided defeat in six of their last seven matches, although they were beaten 3-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion in their last outing.

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