West Brom midfielder Gera targets Liverpool opener as injury comeback nears completion

The 33-year-old is hopeful of being fit for the start of the new season after only making three appearances for the Baggies during an injury-hit campaign last year

Zoltan Gera has set West Brom's opening fixture of the upcoming Premier League season against Liverpool as his comeback date after rupturing his cruciate ligaments against Tottenham last December.

The 33-year-old only managed three appearances for the Baggies last term after undergoing ankle surgery, but is expected to resume full training during the next two weeks and has set his sights on returning for the clash on August 18.

Gera told reporters: "Hopefully I will be ready for the first game of the season against Liverpool. I look forward to starting the season and in a couple of weeks I should be able to train fully with the team.

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"I'm looking forward to playing again but I don't want to rush things and, if I need more time, that's fine. I want to be 100% and, as soon as I'm ready, I will want to play."

The opening fixture at the Hawthorns will see new West Brom manager Steve Clarke take on his former employers Liverpool, as Brendan Rodgers also takes charge of the visitors for the first time.

Gera returned to West Brom after seeing out his contract at Fulham last summer, having initially spent four years with the Baggies.