Fulham striker Kamara to end eight-month injury nightmare against the Baggies

20 February 2009 01:14

striker Diomansy Kamara is in line to make his comeback from a serious knee injury against former club West Brom

on Sunday.

Back at last: Kamara returns after missing the last eight months injured

Kamara, whose brace of goals at Manchester City

at the tail-end of last season proved vital to Fulham's successful fight against relegation from the Premier League, has been out since June after he suffered ruptured ligaments playing for Senegal against Liberia.

But the 28-year-old Frenchman's recovery from reconstructive surgery has delightedmanager Roy Hodgson, who called the pace of the striker's rehabilitation a 'revelation'.

Now, with Andy Johnson struggling with a muscle strain that kept him out of Wednesday's defeat at Manchester United

, Kamara is in contention for his first appearance of the season at Craven Cottage this weekend.

He said: 'I'm feeling in excellent shape. My dream is to be in the squad for the game against West Brom.'

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The £6million striker's return could not be better timed. Fulham are relatively safe in 10th place in the table but injury and fatigue are beginning to tell on Hodgson's small squad.

Dickson Etuhu, a solid replacement for Jimmy Bullard following the midfielder's moveto Hull

, is unlikely to feature against bottom-of-the-table Albion as he continues torecover from an ankle complaint.

A lack of match fitness is hampering loan signings Olivier Dacourt and Giles Barnes, the England Under-19 star who arrived from Derby County with a view to a permanentmove.

Hodgson watched Barnes perform in a behind-closed-doors game against West Ham

on Tuesday, but said: 'I don't think you're going to see Giles Barnes playing any majorpart in our play until such time as he is fit enough.

'He might be able to play a bit part, come on for 10 or 15 minutes as a substitute, but if we're talking about him playing a serious role as a 90-minute player then first we will have to get him physically fit.'


Source: Daily_Mail