Pedro Obiang has declared himself fit ahead of the new Premier League season as West Ham’s pre-season schedule gathers pace.
The central midfielder was vital for the Hammers last season, making 30 appearances in all competitions.
But his season was over in March with an ankle injury, suffered in their home clash with Leicester City.
West Ham are in Austria on their pre-season tour and play Championship side Fulham on Thursday, and Obiang is keen for a run-out in order to prove his fitness ahead of the new campaign.
“It is important for my confidence and also because I am starting on the same day as all my teammates,” he said.
“You can lose one or two days, of course, because sometimes it’s better to wait, but in this case we worked hard and I’m ready.
“I think I have time [to be ready for the start of the Premier League season] because we are still in July and we have one month to work together.
“I am starting to feel confident in my ankle, so I think in August I will be ready to be at the same level [as I was before the injury].”