Football - Upbeat McCartney remains focused

West Ham defender George McCartney is confident he can overcome his latest injury setback and play an important part for the Hammers this season.

PA Sport Report

The 32-year-old has yet to feature in the Barclays Premier League this term after struggling to get back to full fitness following a knee injury.

He was named among the substitutes for Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Norwich but knows that he can progress further, with other injuries the main reason for his inclusion at Carrow Road.

"It is a big squad and a strong squad," he told West Ham's official website.

"I think with the defenders, with Winston Reid out, the manager is down to the bare bones. I think that's why I was put in the squad on Saturday as a late replacement for Reidy, who got injured in training.

"It was nice to be back on the bench but I want to get back to somewhere near where I know I can be and get in the team or on the bench on merit rather than through injuries.

"There's a long way to go but I try and stay positive and I'm confident in my own ability."

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