West Ham United centre-back Jose Fonte has insisted that he will return ‘stronger and fresher’ from the ankle injury that will keep him on the sidelines until 2018.
Fonte, who is valued at £6.3m by transfermarkt.co.uk, picked up the problem during West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the end of last month, and was forced to undergo surgery to correct the issue.
The operation on the Portuguese took place at the start of this week, and he is expected to spend the next two to three months on the sidelines for the London club.
The former Southampton defender, however, has vowed to ‘put the hard work in’ as he looks to return to action a stronger player.
Fonte told West Ham’s official website:
“Obviously I’m disappointed and frustrated because it was an unnecessary tackle. That’s part of football and now it’s time to focus on returning after the surgery on Monday and having a good recovery so I can be back as soon as possible.
“I’m not scared of working hard, so I’ll put the hard work in. We have great physios and great doctors at the club, so we’ll be working hard together to be back stronger and fresher.”
West Ham are now under the leadership of David Moyes after the Scot was appointed the club’s new manager on an initial six-month contract.
Moyes’ reputation has been damaged following disappointing spells at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, but the Hammers have put their faith in the 54-year-old.