MATT JARVIS will not let a reunion with Steven Fletcher distract him from stepping up his comeback from injury.
Jarvis and Fletcher were both part of the Wolves side relegated from the Premier League last season before the pair earned lucrative moves to remain in the top flight this summer.
Fletcher has proved an instant success at the Stadium of Light following his £12million switch after notching three times in his first two league outings for Sunderland.
But winger Jarvis is yet to make his home debut for the Hammers after his £9.5m move, due to a thigh injury which ruled him out of the 3-0 win over Fulham two-and-a-half weeks ago.
Jarvis returned as a substitute in last weekend’s goalless draw at Norwich though and is in contention to feature against Sunderland at Upton Park on Saturday.
“I spent a long time with Steven Fletcher and had a very good partnership with him at Wolves,” said Jarvis.
“But it is all about West Ham United now and we want to take all three points.
“Unfortunately, I picked up a slight thigh injury in training, which has forced me to miss the last couple of weeks, but I am fully recovered now and I am delighted to be back in the squad and back on the pitch.”
West Ham registered a third clean sheet out of four at Carrow Road, with Sam Allardyce’s side making an impressive start to the season following last year’s promotion.
The Hammers already have seven points on the board and head into Saturday’s encounter looking to continue their 100 per cent record at Upton Park.
Jarvis added: “I think the manager has got exactly what he wanted with us having a good start and hopefully we can keep the run going this weekend.
“We had plenty of chances against Norwich and maybe we should have put one of ours away. It would have been nice to get the win but it was very hot, which took it out of everyone involved.
“There were a lot of chances for both sides, but it didn’t fall right for either one. Overall, I was just pleased to be involved in the game and happy to be back.”