Johnson pencilled in for friendly action

Johnson returned to first-team training this week after being out

since January with a knee injury which he picked up against

Blackburn. Fulham boss Mark Hughes revealed the measures laid out

to help the return of the £10.5million man, who underwent an

operation performed by world-renowned surgeon Dr Richard Steadman

earlier this year, after Saturday’s goalless draw with Everton

“Andy [Johnson] is joining in with the senior squad and we’ve got

matches, behind closed doors, organised for his benefit in the

coming weeks,” Hughes told the club’s official website. “Hopefully

he’ll get through them okay and he’ll be an option, albeit

initially on the bench.” Johnson’s return will be a welcome boost

to Hughes, who has seen his striking options reduced thanks to

recent injuries to Mousa Dembele and Bobby Zamora. Dembele, who has

scored three goals since arriving from AZ Alkmaar this summer, is

out for at least a fortnight with an ankle injury while England

striker Zamora is expected to be out until February with a broken

leg. Hughes also hopes that back-up strikers Eddie Johnson and

Diomansy Kamara can step up to the plate in the duo’s absence.