Mahamadou Diarra's chances of earning a new Fulham contract were given a boost after he made his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury in the development squad's win at Reading this afternoon.
The Mali midfielder made his first appearance for more than nine months in the 2-1 victory at Hogwood Park.
Diarra's deal at Craven Cottage expired in the summer but the 32-year-old is back in full training as he tries to prove his fitness to manager Martin Jol.
And the former Real Madrid star took another step towards a new contract with 90 minutes for the Under-21s at Reading.
Fulham have one spot remaining in their 25-man Premier League squad should Jol decide to offer Diarra fresh terms.
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