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West Ham co-owner David Gold continues recovery at home

David Gold, West Ham co-chairman
Gold became West Ham joint chairman in January 2010

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has announced he should be well enough to return to Upton Park for the game with Manchester United on 2 April.

The 74-year-old had been in hospital since 23 February with cholangitis - inflammation of the bile duct - and septicaemia.

Gold has now returned home to continue with his recovery.

He told the club website: "I do genuinely thank everybody that has shown concern."

In his absence West Ham have won twice at Upton Park, beating Stoke and Liverpool . Gold added: "What with winning two vitally important games and having people think of you like that, it really does give you a boost.

"It has been a difficult couple of weeks but I am over the worst".

The club have been inundated with emails and phone calls of support for Gold.

"It is, of course, great that people care and it is very nice to receive such kind words," he added

Before the Hammers play Manchester United they face a difficult FA Cup quarter-final at Stoke and a London derby against Tottenham.

Results have improved for West Ham since manager Avram Grant allegedly came close to the sack in January and they have given themselves hope of staving off relegation, despite being in the bottom-three on goal difference.

Gold bought West Ham in 2010 with David Sullivan, his business partner and fellow former co-owner of Birmingham City.

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see also
West Ham 3-0 Stoke
05 Mar 11 |  Premier League
West Ham 3-1 Liverpool
27 Feb 11 |  Premier League
Grant left in limbo after defeat
15 Jan 11 |  West Ham
David Gold's rags to riches life
19 Jan 10 |  People and Places
Gold & Sullivan take over Hammers
19 Jan 10 |  West Ham

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