Zola hails returning Boa Morte

Manager delighted to have winger back from injury

Boa Morte: Back from injury

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Gianfranco Zola hopes Luis Boa Morte will be available to play some part in West Ham's relegation battle.

The 32-year-old winger has been sidelined all season after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage last summer.

However, he has now fully recovered and Zola is ready to welcome him back into the first-team fold following a successful outing for the reserves.

The Hammers are still embroiled in a scrap for Premier League survival and Zola wants all his top players at his disposal.

"It is nice to have Luis Boa Morte back around the squad. He is another important player for his enthusiasm and his energy," said Zola.

"We have missed him on and off the pitch but hopefully he will be able to play his part before the end of the season."

Double boost

Carlton Cole is set to be fit to play against Wigan on Saturday after he was substituted early in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool.

Scott Parker will also be back from suspension and Zola has demanded a considerable improvement from his players.

"We are frustrated but we have to move on quickly because we have a massive game coming up on Saturday," he said.

"We made costly mistakes and didn't play very well. I've told the players that we cannot afford to do that again. Saturday is very, very important for us.

"Carlton Cole had a slight problem, it is not a big issue, which is why he had to come off. We needed to make sure he is ready for Saturday.

"We will have Scott Parker back this weekend which is very positive. He is a very talented and key player for us. Everyone knows what he gives us in terms of his passion and commitment.

"It will be good to have him back but we have to win as a team and everyone will have to produce a performance.

"We all know how important the Wigan game is. We will be ready. We have four days to prepare and we will be doing it in the best way possible.

"None of us are pleased about this performance. We can only react, play better and win the game on Saturday."