West Ham attacker Kieron Dyer is encouraged by his own fitness after he played 60 minutes in a friendly against Ipswich on Saturday.
The 31-year-old midfielder has been ravaged by injuries in recent seasons but after four difficult campaigns he is determined to overcome his problems this term.
Dyer played an hour of the game against former club Ipswich and is optimistic on his own fitness ahead of the Hammers' Premier League opener against Aston Villa on 14th August.
"It has been a long time since I played for an hour but it's petrol in the tank, as they say," he told WHUTV.
"We've got another game on Tuesday and one on Saturday, so hopefully I'll get 90 minutes in one of those games and it will set me up for Villa.
"I was really stiff towards the end but we've had a really difficult training week and you could see from our performance that everyone was very tired and nobody really had any explosive pace.
"Ipswich gave us a good test. We're all aiming for 14th August and it's going really well."
West Ham are preparing for their first campaign under the stewardship of Avram Grant, who took the reins of the club this summer.