West Ham’s Ryan Fredericks says he’s gutted to miss Saturday’s trip back to Fulham but is backing his old side to survive this season.
Fredericks helped the Cottagers up to the Premier League last season when he played his part in their success in the Championship play-offs, but he then made the move to London rivals West Ham in the summer.
He admitted he was looking forward to going back to the Cottage with the Hammers this season, but unfortunately injury means he is unlikely to play now until the new year.
“It’s frustrating because that was the first game I looked for when the fixtures came out,” he said. “But these things happen, it’s part of football.”
Fredericks believes despite Fulham’s poor start to the season, they will survive under new boss Claudio Ranieri, while he revealed leaving in the summer was not easy.
He added: “I’m sure both teams are going to be in the Premier League for a long time, so there’ll be plenty more occasions for me to come back and play at the Cottage.
“Making the decision to leave was tough as I’ve only got good memories of Fulham, I met only good people, and I’ve not got a bad word to say about the club or anyone there.
Everyone was amazing to me. “It’s just I was at the stage of my career where I wanted to push myself, and I thought going to West Ham would be best for me and my football. To improve as a player and not rest on my laurels, thinking that I was going to be playing no matter what because of what I’d done in previous years.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.