Pantsil eyes Cottagers return
John Pantsil is hoping to make his first-team return after making a successful comeback in Fulham's reserves.
Last Updated: 14/04/10 1:30pm
Fulham full-back John Pantsil is hoping to make his first-team return after making a successful comeback in the reserves.
The former West Ham defender has not played competitively since the turn of the New Year after sustaining a serious knee injury against Chelsea last December.
The injury ruled Pantsil, much to his frustration, out of the African Cup of Nations and the majority of Fulham's Europa League charge which has seen them dispose of the likes of Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk to make the semi-finals, where they will meet Hamburg next week.
Pantsil has been back in training for three weeks and is eager to make his first team return to bolster manager Roy Hodgson's squad and help his team-mates finish the campaign in style.
"To play a full 90 minutes against Aston Villa's reserves on Monday was fantastic and I'm looking to be involved with the first team again very soon," he told the club's official website.
"The injury happened on the last day before leaving to join my colleagues in the African Cup of Nations so I missed out on the African Cup of Nations and also all the Europa League games and I nearly lost the World Cup.
"We all started the season together but my injury pushed me away from competing in the Europa League competition.
"The boys are doing so well and I'm really pleased with their performances but on the other hand I'm not happy that I'm not involved."
Pantsil is pleased with his recovery and insists the knock will not hamper his desire or determination to go all-out between now and the end of the season.
"I feel very happy with the progress of my knee and much more confident and comfortable," he continued.
"I'm someone who always gives my best and tries my heart out and I went in for a challenge and lost out.
"It's been really frustrating so now that I'm fit to play again I have to work so hard so that I can be the same player I was before."