Kerim Frei was pleased to be back in action as Fulham’s Under-21s defeated their Chelsea counterparts 1-0 on Friday night.
After being sidelined of late with a groin injury, Frei played for just over an hour at Craven Cottage and turned in an impressive display as the Whites secured a win over their London rivals.
“It was good to be back on the pitch, to get some minutes and get my fitness back,” Frei told the official website. “It was a great feeling to touch the ball again so I’m very happy.
“I tried to do my best. I wasn’t scared – sometimes after an operation you’re scared to give 100 per cent but that wasn’t the case. I feel alright, I played nearly 70 minutes so that’s great,” added Frei, who played just behind lone frontman Cauley Woodrow.
“I used to play in that position before I came to Fulham so I’m used to it,” he said. “I enjoyed playing there again tonight.”
Frei has made just six appearances for the First Team this season and hasn’t featured since the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round fixture at home to Blackpool.
And he’s setting his sights on a return to Martin Jol’s side before the 2012/13 season concludes.
“Of course, the aim is to get back in the first XI,” said Frei. “I’ll be doing my best in training and hopefully I’ll get some games between now and the end of the season.”
Fulham hit the woodwork an incredible three times against Chelsea, but Lasse Vigen Christensen did find the net to seal the win for the Whites.
“We could have won four or five nil but we didn’t take our chances,” said Frei. “But at least we won so that was good.”