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By ESPN Staff

Davies closing in on return to Fulham first team

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies hopes to be back in first-team action by the end of the month.

Davies missed the start of the season with a foot injury and played just four games before suffering a setback.

The Wales star has undergone further treatment during the international break and should rejoin his team-mates next week.

"I hope I'll be able to start running over the weekend and crack on with training next week,'' he told his club's official website. "If all goes to plan I should be back and available by the end of the month.

"I hope I'll only miss two or three games at the most. It's been frustrating - but it's just one of those things.''

Fulham face Hull on Monday, amid growing concern over a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign. They have won just two of seven matches and are level on points with 18th-placed Hull.

"Just because we finished seventh last season doesn't mean we'll be flying high this year,'' said Davies. "We put a lot of hard work in to finish in that position - and we've got to do that again.

"I think we've been unlucky in the league so far. We've deserved a few more points than we currently have - but we have to manage that. It's still early days, and most of us have been together for a couple of years now and experienced the highs and the lows.

"We know how to take it all in our stride and keep plugging away and playing our game. If we can perform to our capabilities, we'll be all right.''

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