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Fulham handed Stekelenburg boost ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Dutch keeper back in contention after two months out with a shoulder injury

Back in the fold: Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg

Fulham have been handed a massive boost after keeper Maarten Stekelenburg was given the green light to return to action.

The Dutchman hasn’t featured since suffering a shoulder injury on his debut against Sunderland on the opening day of the season.

Stekelenburg aggravated the problem in training, which led to a further spell on the sidelines.

But the summer signing from Roma is back in the fold and in line to return to the side for Monday night’s London derby with Crystal Palace.

Boss Martin Jol also expects Scott Parker, Brede Hangeland and Dimitar Berbatov to be fit for the clash at Selhurst Park.

Former Spurs midfielder Parker missed the win against Stoke with a calf strain, while Hangeland and Berbatov were forced off with knocks.

But the trio are due to resume training ahead of the game, with Aaron Hughes and Ashkan Dejagah also back in the frame following injuries.

Jol said: “Everyone is fine – all the international players came back fit.

“Parker will train tomorrow and hopefully he will be fine. Berbatov and Hughes are back and will train tomorrow too.

“Dejagah is okay. He wasn’t in contention until now but he must be 100 per cent and I have options on the flanks.

“Adel Taarabt came back from Morocco like all the other players and trained too.”

 

Fulham go into the game hoping to secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

However, the Craven Cottage chief (above) insists Ian Holloway's struggling side will be no pushovers.

He added: “It’s not easy to go away from home to play against these teams.

“If you saw Crystal Palace away against Liverpool in the second half, they could have scored more goals than one.

"Of course, it was 3-0 going into the second half but they could have scored two or three.

“They’re a strong team and it will be difficult but I think we’ve got the qualities and the players to get a result.

"They need the points as well – it’s the Premier League, so it will be difficult but hopefully we’ll get the points because we need these points to get up the league table.”

 

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