West Ham's Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring.
Monday Apr 03, 2017. 21:00
West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho has discussed his four-month spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to right longstanding back problem.
The Senegalese forward, who has regained his full fitness, says he's ready to return to action for the Hammers, who will face Arsenal in the English Premier League (EPL) game on Wednesday.
"When I arrived in England, I had a back problem which has been troubling me until now. I needed a back operation, but I kept saying no. I did finally have one in December and now it's much better," Sakho told West Ham's official website.
"I feel I'm ready to play. I've already asked to play before, but I think the medical team wanted to protect me, so that I could do a bit more work in the gym and on the training pitch individually.
"I have now resumed training with the first team and want to play in early April. It's always hard to work on your own because you're less motivated," he said.
"It's mental strength that gives you extra desire and when you see your team-mates out training, you want to give even more. I'm coming to the end of the tunnel, so I think I'm making good progress.
"My body is my work tool now, so I'm trying to work on everything that is good for my body and who's to say I won't carry on playing for another 10 or 12 years? After training I used to head straight home, but now I devote more time to understanding my body and stretching," he added.
"I think it's a good thing. I used to hate it. I didn't want to do it. African players often head straight home after training and we don't make time to see what our bodies need. I think now is a good starting point."
The 27-year-old forward has made only two league appearances for the Hammers this season - netting once in the process.