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Up for it

Filed: Monday, 11th August 2008
By: Staff Writer

Matthew Upson says he can't wait for the new season to start.

The United defender was an ever-present last season until sustaining an injury back in March which kept him out for the rest of the campaign.

However with a full pre-season behind him, the England international says that he is raring to go - good news the Hammers who are still woefully short in terms of numbers at centre-half.

"I'm feeling very good," Upson told whufc.tv. "I'm looking forward to a good week's training, sharpen myself up a little bit and hopefully push on for Saturday's game."

Upson's partner for the visit of Wigan next week remains unknown; Calum Davenport has been filling in in the last few games and with Danny Gabbidon, Jonathan Spector, Anton Ferdinand and James Collins all out the former Coventry defender, who suffered a broken neck just six months ago could continue to deputise.

The pair had a fairly comfortable afternoon against Villarreal at the weekend; a game on which Upson added:

"We had a difficult task, they're a very good side. It's a different type of football to what we'll have here next Saturday but all the same, it was a good workout for the players.

"Hopefully it makes the manager's mind a little bit clearer as to what team and what shape he wants to play next week."

Upson also waved goodbye to the number six shirt that he had worn for the last 18 months after the club decided to retire it in honour of Bobby Moore. A brief ceremony at half-time saw him hand his shirt over to Moore's second wife Stephanie.

"I'll miss wearing the number, it's a great honour," added Upson. "I've enjoyed it but we're moving on, we've retired the shirt in honour of Bobby and I'll make sure number 15 is a good number for me."

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