West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal is happy to be back in action.
He told the club's website: "It's been seven weeks after the surgery. It's been a long time but I have to say many thanks to all of our staff.
"That includes the physio and fitness coaches, mainly Rich [Collinge], Josh [Ewens] and Nick [Davies], and also a big thanks to my wife because she looked after me like a third child, because my first day after surgery, I could do almost nothing – I just lay on the sofa!
"It was unpleasant and I was worse than a small kid, so big thanks to all the staff who looked after me and now I feel really good and confident, but I had in my mind a better return with a win, but unfortunately that's football.
"The guys did an unbelievable job against Lyon [in the first leg], that's why we can still go through to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
"Now, it's a big game ahead of us on Thursday, so we need to do a very good recovery after today, and just look ahead."
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