Upson declares himself fit for relegation battle



West Ham defender Matthew Upson has declared himself fit for his sides battle against relegation, after a second opinion on his Achilles problem revealed he was fine to play.

Contradicting reports about the players injury have been spiralling for some time, but Upson returned to the team and was brilliant against Liverpool as West Ham triumphed 3-1.

The defender had initially been told he would be out for the rest of the season, but after seeking a second opinion decided to return.

Upson admits the problem hasn’t gone away, but he is happy to play on and help him team beat the drop.

“There was a bit of cloudiness on the diagnosis, which was the problem and probably why it came out that I was out, because it was one verdict,” he said.

“I’ve had a couple of people look at it – it’s been a confusing couple of weeks – but I feel confident about it now and can play 90 minutes.”

He added: “It is still a problem I need to sort out.

“It’s getting a lot better, so I’m hopeful in the next few weeks I’ll clear it up.”

Upson also talked about how important the win against Liverpool was.

He said: “We are running out of teams to play in and around us. We need three points against a team like Liverpool to stay up.

“You always look around you to see where people are but we have to focus on ourselves. Only three points will do for us at the moment.

“We can nick a draw here and there but we need three-point games and, if we do that, we will give ourselves every chance.”

The 31 year-old refused to comment on his future, as his contract is up at the end of the season.

“After a game, you are emotional and you have an emotional feeling about how things are,” he said.

“I enjoy playing here and always have. The last four years have been brilliant.

“All I can say is that I enjoy my football and what happens next year will happen. We’ll have to wait and see.”

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