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West Ham defender Reid gives fitness update after freak knee injury

West Ham defender Winston Reid has been discussing his recovery from the serious knee injury he suffered playing for the Hammers against Swansea last season.

Reid damaged his knee ligaments in a freak accident, falling awkwardly after being knocked unconscious against the Swans in South Wales last March and is expected to be out of action until the beginning of next year at the earliest.

The 30-year-old New Zealand international, who is a hugely popular figure with the West Ham faithful, has been discussing his rehab and while he admits it can be a lonely existence working your way back from such a long-term injury he is remaining positive and is looking forward to getting back out on the pitch again soon.

“Everything is going well,” he told whufc.com. “Obviously, when you have an operation you never know how things are going to look on the other side, but it’s going better than we thought so that’s positive.

“Obviously it is frustrating to be out for long periods of time, especially with the way it happened, but you have to get through it and you have to deal with it.

“There’s not so much I could have done about what happened. It’s not like I’m someone who is repeatedly pulling my hamstrings. This was just one of those unfortunate injuries you hope not to get in your career, but football is a contact sport and it’s just one of those things you have to deal with.

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“Fortunately enough, I am a little bit older and I am probably able to deal with it better with an injury like this than if I was in my early twenties and in the early part of my career.”

“I’m doing gym work at the moment, rehabbing the quad and the leg and getting the bulk back,”

“To be fair, everything after the operation has gone really, really well, touch wood, and there has been no swelling.

“So, we’re training harder and pushing harder every day to get fitter and get my knee better, so I can get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

“It’s tough coming into a place and knowing you can’t play for a period of months but it is what it is and you get on with it.

“There is a cap on how much you can do in a certain period, so the progression can feel slow, so it’s tough at times, but once I get outside on the pitch and run, I’ll begin to feel like a footballer again.”

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“I’m doing gym work at the moment, rehabbing the quad and the leg and getting the bulk back,”

“To be fair, everything after the operation has gone really, really well, touch wood, and there has been no swelling.

“So, we’re training harder and pushing harder every day to get fitter and get my knee better, so I can get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

“It’s tough coming into a place and knowing you can’t play for a period of months but it is what it is and you get on with it.

“There is a cap on how much you can do in a certain period, so the progression can feel slow, so it’s tough at times, but once I get outside on the pitch and run, I’ll begin to feel like a footballer again.”

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