AJ set for September comeback

Cottagers manager Mark Hughes revealed the Fulham front man is

recovering quicker than expected from a serious knee injury and

could be involved in the Premier League as early as next month.

Johnson made just 13 appearances last term and his last outing was

back in January before requiring surgery on the problem in

February. The 29-year-old had been hoping to be fit for Fulham’s

curtain raiser against Bolton on Saturday, but saw those plans

scuppered after returning to the United States last month for

further treatment following a setback during pre-season training.

But Hughes reckons the former England international could be back

playing sooner rather later and will be in the shape of his life

when he makes his long-awaited comeback. “It looks very positive

and he’s looking to get back as soon as he can,” said the Cottagers

boss in The Daily Telegraph. “He’s done a lot of physical work

while he’s been out and the key to it is when he does come back

he’ll be the strongest he’s ever been in his career. We’re probably

looking at September or October.”