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Monday 21 May 2012

Grygera aiming for July return

Fulham defender set to start running again after cruciate ligament injury

Defender Zdenek Grygera was injured in his fifth Barclays Premier League match for Fulham

Fulham defender Zdenek Grygera is hoping to be back to fitness at the start of July as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

The 32-year-old joined the London club from Juventus last summer but made only five Barclays Premier League appearances before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Tottenham Hotspur last November.

Grygera was ruled out for the rest of the 2011/12 campaign but the Czech international says he is almost at the point when he can begin running again.

"I think we are a great team to watch because of the way Martin Jol sets us up to play"
- Zdenek Grygera

"I'm happy with my recovery and I feel well," Grygera told the club's official website, who has had two operations to fix the problem.

"I will start running again any day now so it's important that everything stays positive.

"I'll be here over the summer focusing on my recovery. I will go away for a bit of family time but I want to train and do everything possible for my recovery.

"I'm hoping to be fit at the end of June or the beginning of July."

The injury was a cruel blow for Grygera, who had quickly established himself as an important part of Martin Jol's first team after signing for Fulham on transfer deadline day last August.

Although he had to watch his team-mates from the sidelines, Grygera said he was impressed with how Fulham progressed during the season as they sealed a ninth-place finish.

"It was a great finish to the season and I think we've got a very good team," added Grygera, who has represented the Czech Republic at two European Championships as well as the 2006 World Cup.

"We've got a good system and a nice blend of young and older players.

"I think we are a great team to watch because of the way Martin Jol sets us up to play and because there are a lot of technically gifted players in the side."

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Key Points

  • Zdenek Grygera hopes to be fit again in July
  • Fulham defender damaged his cruciate ligament in November
  • Former Juventus player impressed with Fulham's progress this season