Hughes hints at Eidur extension

Gudjohnsen ended an unproductive spell at Stoke when he joined the

Cottagers last month on a loan deal lasting until the end of the

season. The 32-year-old Iceland striker has since been limited to

two substitute appearances, but Hughes has been impressed with what

he has seen so far. “We’ve got Eidur until the end of the season

and we’re pleased with him,” he said. “There will be chances

between now and the end of the season and if he continues the way

he has been in training, I’m sure there will be conversations to be

had. “I knew I was getting a good player given his pedigree and the

quality I’ve witnessed in the past. “It was never a risk. His last

club didn’t work out for him and I’m delighted he’s here. He’s

added quality to the group.” Hughes also revealed that Bobby

Zamora’s rehabilitation is on schedule with the England marksman on

target for the reserves in midweek. Zamora is close to a first-team

return after six months out with a broken leg, while centre-back

Philippe Senderos is also approaching full fitness following his

battle with an Achilles problem. “Philippe and Bobby are training

with the full group and are doing what everyone else is doing. They

just need full games now,” said Hughes. “We had a game in the week.

Bobby had 60 minutes and Philippe 45. They came through it fine so

we’re pleased with their progress. “We’ll give them more games over

the coming weeks and see how they go. “It’s great for Bobby, the

team and the club that he’s so close. He’s a big presence in and

around the team. “He’s a very loud and happy guy and is a big

personality around the place. “We’ve missed that. For a long time

he’s been stuck with the medical guys and we’ve missed that

interaction with him. “He’s back now and is very positive, as you’d

imagine. He’s looking forward to getting back.” Fulham host Bolton

on Sunday in the fifth round of the FA Cup and Hughes is determined

for his side to progress as far as possible in the competition.

“I’ve picked strong teams right from the beginning, that’s what I

do,” he said. “I like to have a go in the cup because there aren’t

that many competitions in which you have a realistic opportunity to

have a run. “Why give up that opportunity easily? We’ll give the

competition the respect it deserves and see how far we can go.

We’ve done well so far up to this point.”