Spector Looking To Make Full Return

American Jonathan Spector, the West Ham defender, is finally back on the field after a long injury spell and looking to work himself into a starting spot.
West Ham's Jonathan Spector saw just a few minutes of game time recently, but hopes to add to his minutes soon. However, he will have to prove himself anew at a club that has changed drastically during his injury break

"There's been a lot of changes," Spector told the East London Advertiser. "A new manager and a lot of new players coming in, but there's been some good changes here."

A hip injury and subsequent surgery had kept him sidelined for months.

"It's always frustrating whenever you are out, whether it's for a week or eight months, like I've been, but I'm just happy to be back playing now," Spector said.

"After all the hard work and rehabilitation, it's nice to be back playing and most importantly getting the three points because it puts us in a good position going into the New Year."

Spector has more than the New Year to look forward to. He will celebrate his 23rd birthday when the Hammers take on Barnsley in the FA Cup on Saturday.

"I'd love to start on Saturday, but we'll have to see what happens," said Spector.

"There are some good players here, so I am just happy to be getting back into things now."But certainly in the long run, I intend to be a mainstay in the team."

If Spector is able to work is way back into West Ham's rotation, his next goal will no doubt be a return to the U.S. national team.