Frei Fitness Boost

Wednesday 3 October 2012 10:40

Martin Jol will soon have a welcome selection headache when it comes to choosing the widemen in his starting XI, as our Manager revealed that three of his wingers returned to training last week.

New signings Ashkan Dejagah and Kieran Richardson will both soon be in contention, as will last year’s emerging talent, Kerim Frei.

Frei made 25 appearances for the Whites last season, but is yet to turn out for the Club in the 2012/13 campaign after picking up a knock on international duty with Turkey, and the youngster is raring to go after returning to fitness.

“Last week on Thursday I started training again,” he told fulhamfc.com. “We’ve been making sure that I didn’t come back too fast in case the injury came back. We did some little games on Tuesday - three lots of 20 minutes - and everything was fine so hopefully I will be back in the Team soon.

“I missed playing football very much, I missed having the ball at my feet and things like that but I’m very happy to be back and I’m looking forward to playing my part in the season ahead.”

Jol could soon have an abundance of wingers at his disposal, with Damien Duff and Alexander Kačaniklić competing with the likes of Frei, Richardson and Dejagah for a place in the starting line-up.

“It’s always good to have competition for places,” Frei said. “It makes you work harder as you always want to be the best. But just one person can play in each position so you obviously have to work hard and try your best and never give up at all.”

Six games into the Barclays Premier League season, Fulham sit ninth in the table and Kerim has been impressed by his teammates’ efforts so far.

“In first game against Norwich City, when we won 5-0, we played some really good football and that was a great start,” he said. “Then in the game against Manchester United we deserved a point over there I think, so that was quite a frustrating match to lose.

“But I think we’ve played some great football so far and our mentality in the Team is very good. Everyone fights for each other so that’s the main thing – that everyone in the Team helps each other.”

The Whites head to the South Coast this weekend where we face top-flight newboys Southampton, and Kerim admits that victories on our travels will be imperative if we’re to enjoy another prosperous campaign.

“It’d be nice to get a second consecutive away victory on Sunday,” he said. “I think if you want to be in the top 10 in the league then you need to regularly get three points away from home.

“I think we’ve got the quality to beat Southampton – we’ve got great players and I think we’ll be able to do it.”