Johnson wary of setback
Fulham striker Andrew Johnson says he will not be going at it 'like a bull in a china shop' if he plays against Swindon on Saturday.
Last Updated: 02/01/10 1:16pm
Fulham striker Andrew Johnson says he is raring to go against Swindon Town on Saturday, although he will not be going at it 'like a bull in a china shop'.
Johnson is expected to make his first start since early October in Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie after enduring an injury nightmare this term.
Shoulder and groin injuries have restricted him to just 10 appearances and three goals this season and he is champing at the bit to return.
But he suffered his groin problem when coming back too early from his shoulder injury and he is determined not to suffer a setback this time around.
The striker told the club's official website: "It's been unbelievable.
"It's been a bit of a nightmare, not the whole year but the back end of last season I missed four or five games.
"I came back in pre-season and was flying, scoring goals in pre-season and three goals in the Europa League, I then got a shoulder injury and was out for three and a bit weeks.
"Then when I came back, a little bit too early from the shoulder injury; it caused me a problem with the groin.
"I was desperate to get back after my shoulder injury, I came back a little bit too early and my left shoulder wasn't working too well which puts so much stress on your right side.
"As a player, when you feel fit and you are out there training, you don't think of what it can do, you just want to train and play."
While Johnson is raring to go against Swindon, he will not be going at it like 'a bull in a china shop'.
"I've done everything I can do out there now on the training field and I don't think anything is going to get me fitter than I am apart from games now," he said.
"I came on for 20 minutes against Chelsea and I was so happy to be out there - although I was disappointed about the result. Whichever team the Gaffer picks on Saturday I'll be ready.
"I don't want to go into it like a bull in a china shop because I don't want another setback.
"I'm ready to play games now and if I'm selected which I hope I am as it will be a great opportunity to be involved, then I'll be delighted."