Thursday, October 2, 2008
Jonathan Spector will be looking to get back on the field before the end of the year as he works his way back after a long time out of the game due to injury.

The West Ham defender has had a nightmare with injuries of late. The 22-year-old Chicago native was diagnosed with a serious hip injury earlier this year and has spent the past month battling back to fitness after going under the surgeon's knife in the summer.

"This was the second major injury that has kept Jon out for over 6 months in his career to date" Spector's agent Steve Kelly informed Yanks Abroad. "He had previously been sidelined by injury whilst learning his trade at Manchester United."

Kelly confirmed to Yanks Abroad that, "Jon underwent surgery on his hip in May out in LA. The surgeon is very happy with the operation and Jon has now returned to light training."

This is well ahead of schedule and is a testament to Spector's fitness and determination. West Ham and their new coach, Gianfranco Zola had originally planned his return for early 2009 but are now hopeful that he may be available and knocking on the first team door in the next six weeks.

"West Ham hope to have him back to full training in 7 - 10 days and Jon, being a naturally fit lad who always takes care of himself, hopes to be pushing for inclusion in the first team squad by November."

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