Matthew Upson dismisses talk he's out for the season

22 February 2011 02:03
I'll be back: Hammers captain Upson

West Ham defender Matthew Upson has played down talk he will miss the rest of the season with an achilles injury.

Some reports suggested the England man would play no further part in the Hammers' battle to avoid relegation because of the problem.

But the 31-year-old hopes to return to training this week.

'My mum rang me and said "Thanks for telling me you're out" and said she'd read in the papers that I was out for the season,' he said.

'I said "that`s news to me". I've had a problem and it's been a bit complicated.

'I've had several different diagnoses which is always frustrating because, as an athlete, you have to choose what is right and wrong which is not easy.

'We're in the process of sorting it out and I personally feel like I could be training very soon - possibly the end of the week. That's a lot different to being out for the rest of the season.'

According to the London Evening Standard, the Hammers are now considering sending their captain to see top Swedish orthopaedic surgeon Hakan Alfredson, who has also treated Thierry Henry and Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

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