Last Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:59
Zoltan Gera says he has not thought about retiring because of his injuries and is targeting being fit for pre-season at West Brom.
The Hungarian midfielder suffered his second serious knee injury in three years when he ruptured a cruciate ligament last month.
But despite his contract running out at the end of the season, the 33-year-old is determined to come back and play Premier League football again.
"I would love to get back for pre-season as I did last year. If not, that's OK. I don't mind. I just want to be fit and strong because that's the most important thing," he said.
"I don't want to push myself because I want a new contract or want to start pre-season. The most important thing is to get ready, be strong with my knee and make sure everything is fine. When the time comes to start training, I will do it."
Gera faces several months of rehabilitation and said the only way he would stop playing was if doctors told him he should.
"When the time comes we will speak about it [a contract extension], but it is early," he said. "It is a fresh injury and the club are supporting me.
"If I need to stop football now, I'll still feel good because I've played in England for nine years. If I need to stop I'll stop, but I don't think about that.
"I keep positive because I want to play football and I love football - I want to play as long as I can. I could retire happy, but I don't intend to. I have come back once and I will come back again."
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