Missing football matches is an unusual experience for Brede Hangeland, as the Norwegian defender has been a virtual ever-present in Fulham’s starting XI since signing for the Club in January 2008.
So our Captain is understandably champing at the bit to pull on that white shirt once again as he prepares to return to the matchday squad after serving a three-game ban following the first red card of his career against Sunderland almost three weeks ago.
“It’s been a new and frustrating experience to be away from games for a few weeks so I can’t wait to get back,” Brede told fulhamfc.com. “I’m used to playing all the games.
“I’ve missed a few matches over the years but that’s been when I was rested or possibly being injured for one game, so it’s been unusual and it’s not something that I want to experience again. I always want to get back playing as soon as possible.”
Hangeland’s suspension came at a difficult time for the Whites, as our Nordic centre-back was forced to sit out tricky matches against Stoke City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – a trio of contests that saw us pick up just one point.
“I think we’ve had a bad spell lately,” Brede admitted. “We’ve gone too long since our last win and we need to get back on track as soon as possible and play the type of football that we know we’re capable of doing. I’m hopeful that we can do that on Monday when Newcastle United visit.”
The Magpies currently sit one place below us in the Barclays Premier League table having endured their own testing period of just one win in six matches, but Hangeland insists his Team will still need to be at their best to come away with three points.
“I think any game we play is going to be tight,” he said. “We know that we can win on a good day and lose on a bad day, so I expect it to be a hard-fought match again on Monday night under the floodlights. It will be tight, but hopefully we can edge it.
“Newcastle have got a lot of really talented attacking players and we need to do a good job, as always, and that’s always the case in the Premier League. Regardless of what team you play, they’ll always have some world-class strikers and Newcastle are no different.”
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