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The 76-year-old returned to the directors' box to see the Hammers beat Swansea on Saturday and is hopeful of another three points when Sam Allardyce's men take on Aston Villa

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has expressed delight after making a return to the directors' box last weekend having recovered from pneumonia.

The 76-year-old was in the stands to watch the Hammers defeat Swansea City and is hopeful of a repeat result from Saturday's trip to face Aston Villa.

He told the club's official website: "I'm feeling so much better. It was pneumonia, and luckily my daughters got me into hospital and within a week or so I was beginning to feel better. So here I am!

"When you're poorly and the team's having a bad run, you're anxious to get back and be amongst it and do whatever you can. And because of the transfer window being open as well, it's frustrating, you're lying there feeling ill, but at the same time desperate to get back.

"I'd like to think it's going to go the way we would like it, which is that we'd go there and win. [Aston Villa] are going through a terrible time, but you can't believe that's going to last through the season, at some time they're going to recover."

Gold also hailed the work done by the east London club in the January transfer window, and is expecting the return from injury of Jack Collison and Andy Carroll to provide a further boost..

"But I think we're strong, and we're getting stronger," he added.

"The squad is not only strengthened by the incoming players but also by a number of players returning from injury, in particular, Jack Collison and Andy Carroll.

"These are fantastic additions to the squad so we should be in as good a shape as we have been, if not our best shape going into Aston Villa."

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