Guy Demel is looking forward to being able to make his West Ham United debut as he edges nearer to full fitness after a hamstring injury.
The Ivory Coast defender joined the Hammers on a two-year contract from Hamburg prior to the close of the transfer window, but has yet to feature for the Championship club.
He was an unused substitute against Crystal Palace at the start of October and could now come into contention for Saturday's game at Coventry City.
"I am much better now," Demel told the club's official website. "I played 45 minutes with the reserves last Tuesday, it was good, so I feel much better.
"I still need to work on my fitness and gain my condition back. I think it's a good moment for me. It's still the international break so I have enough time to work hard.
"It was a hard situation. I want to help the team because when I came the players were really nice to me and made me welcome.
"I want to play for the fans and everyone, and of course for me. It was not easy but injury is a part of football. I know how to handle this and I have come through it."