West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra
Diarra wants to get fit as soon as possible so he can make an impact on the Premier League.

Alou Diarra has spoken out for the first time since a thigh injury ruled him out for at least two months.

The 31-year-old French midfielder made his Hammers debut in the 3-0 away loss to Swansea but picked up a serious thigh problem just a couple of weeks later.

Diarra told France Football: “In my mind I am fine, but physically I am not so well.

“I picked up a serious right thigh strain about a fortnight ago. The examinations revealed quite a big hematoma.

“The club doctor stated I will need two months to recover, but I hope it will be a little less.

“You just have to put up with it, get good treatment, and let it heal to avoid relapse. But after starting for a new club it is quite annoying.”

Diarra joined the club for a free transfer from Marseille in the summer and is hoping to make a bigger impact in England than the last time he was here with Liverpool in 2002.

“(During my time at Liverpool) I passed like a mirage. I immediately asked to be loaned to France. I didn’t have time to become immersed with the English culture,” he said.

“I’ve wanted to come back to England for a while. It is not by chance if I made the decision to join West Ham. It is perfect club at which to adapt to England.”