Fighting Fit

Friday 12 October 2012 16:59

Philippe Senderos is ready and waiting for his First Team call after battling back to fitness from a foot injury.

The central defender has yet to feature for Martin Jol’s side this term after suffering the problem in the summer, with the injury also robbing him of the chance to represent Switzerland in the Olympic Games.

But he has fought back from the issue, playing 45 minutes as the Under-21s defeated Manchester City, before starting the first half as Kit Symons’ side beat Chelsea 3-1 at the Cottage last Friday.

"It’s nice to be back,” said Senderos. “I've been training with the reserves so that was my second game. I’m really happy, I’m really pleased. The sensations are good.”

The clash with Chelsea was played in appalling weather conditions in SW6 as torrential rain lashed down.

Senderos, though, was just pleased to be back on the field, having had a rotten run of luck with injuries over the past few seasons.

He stated: "I love my job so whatever conditions, whatever weather, I’m blessed to do what I do."

So impressed was Jol with Senderos’ return, that the Manager even selected the former Arsenal man on the substitutes’ bench for last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.

And the 27-year-old, who joined Fulham in June 2010, is now hoping to play his part for Fulham in the coming weeks, although he admits he has a battle on his hands to oust the impressive Aaron Hughes and Brede Hangeland from the starting XI.

"I’m pleased the Team is doing well in my absence as well so it’s good,” said Senderos, who has made 30 appearances for Fulham in his time at the Club. "It’s been a pretty good start and we're really happy with it.

"Hopefully we can build on the good start and continue like this. We've lost a few players and replaced them really with players that are hungry and they want to do well.

"The Team has responded really well and hopefully, for me personally, I can get my chance and grab it and be in the Team. I’m available for selection so hopefully I will start again very soon."