NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Javier Hernandez of West Ham United celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on December 1, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez plans to give his all ahead of the club’s busy winter period of Premier League games

Tonight’s game with Cardiff City will be the first of seven league games in the space of a month for West Ham.

Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton will all be awaiting them over the Christmas period.

But Chicharito, who scored twice in his first start since October in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, views the fixture list as an opportunity to gain some much-needed points.

Currently, West Ham are only six points above the relegation zone in the Premier League after winning just four of their opening 14 matches.

“December is always crucial for us to get as many points as we can and to achieve the goals we want to,” Chicharito told the club website.

“We are all going to be ready now for the [Christmas] period and we know that recovery will now be crucial as well as training.

“People don’t give enough credit to that and to how important recovery is and you have to be ready, always.

“I’m used to playing for Mexico and since I came to Europe, I haven’t had any summer off – only when it was the Olympics and I didn’t go with the national team, when I was with Manchester United.

“So it’s normal for me [not to have a break]. The worse thing for me was the virus that I got, and it was just a case of waiting for that to go away and that virus got me almost five weeks away.

“That was crucial but thankfully I’ve got into my best shape physically and thankfully the manager can recall me and I can return with goals.”

Chicharito has scored four goals in 11 appearances for West Ham this season.