West Brom's Gera nearing Baggies return

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Injury-stricken West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera is eyeing the Capital One Cup tie against Arsenal at the Hawthorns as the game in which he makes a long-awaited comeback from injury.

Gera has been out since January after suffering a cruciate ligament injury and the 34-year-old has spoken of his desire to force his way back into manager Steve Clarke's plans.

He told the Express and Star: "If everything is going right then maybe I can play in the League Cup game.

"Hopefully before that, I'll be able to play in the Under 21s. I've been busy in training, I haven't felt any problems and I'm getting closer. It's a great feeling."

The Hungarian is in his second spell with the Midlands side after a previous four-year stint prior to a move to Fulham in 2008 and has also hailed the strength of the Baggies' squad this season.

"It's the most competitive it's been for an attacking spot in my whole time at the club. It's great for the team to have more competition for places.

"We have so many good strikers, wingers and midfielders, so there's big competition for places.

"I'm sure it's the strongest we've been in those positions in my time at Albion. I have to be patient and make sure I make my comeback when I'm fully fit and ready for games."

The Hungary international had a mixed 2012/13, scoring a stunner on the opening day against Liverpool before his season ended at the turn of the year when he was injured against QPR.

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