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West Ham's Danny Gabbidon confident injury woes are in the past

PUBLISHED: 11:17 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:43 05 October 2010

<<enter caption here>> at St. Andrews Stadium on December 12, 2009 in Birmingham, England.

<> at St. Andrews Stadium on December 12, 2009 in Birmingham, England.

West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon is confident the injury problems that have blighted his Hammers career are behind him, as he tries to help the club move up the Premier League table

West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon is confident the injury problems that have blighted his Hammers career are behind him, as he tries to help the club move up the Premier League table.

The Welsh international has suffered from a debilitating back injury which he first picked up in December 2007, while recent hamstring problems have hampered his return to regular first-team action.

And after starting just nine league matches this term, Gabbidon is desperate to help West Ham avoid the drop, whilst staying injury-free.

"I don't know whether it is all arising from my original injury, it's possible, but I don't know," he said.

"It has been a little bit frustrating because my back has felt fine, but obviously it is the other little niggles that have been holding me back.

"But hopefully now with 10 games to go, I'm over all that and hopefully I will be available for the rest of the season."

Gabbidon has spent most of his Hammers' career watching from the sidelines leaving him understandably upset.

"It has been frustrating. I got through pre-season and I was really looking forward to things, but it just hasn't happened," he said.

"I've been looking at things and I think I've been available for half the games, which I suppose is an improvement on the previous season.

"The little niggles have not helped. I got into the team and I was just beginning to find my form and I was on the sidelines again. I've had to start all over again and get my fitness back."

Gabbidon is raring to go and believes that the squad at the Hammers is good enough to stay in the division, but has sent out a clear warning to his teammates.

"I think we will be okay, but we have to keep battling, give 110 per cent," he said.

"We have got a few games coming up where we should pick up some points. We are not playing too badly at the moment, so we have to keep doing what we are doing and I think we will be fine.


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