Addicks midfield star Claus Jensen should get a warm reception from Charlton’s travelling fans on Saturday – despite quitting the club in the summer.
The Addicks travel to Craven Cottage and it will be the first time the Danish international comes face to face with his former team-mates since his £1.25million switch across the capital just before pre-season.
Jensen had a year left on his contract at The Valley but shocked boss Alan Curbishley by claiming he needed a fresh challenge elsewhere after four years at the club.
Jensen was signed from Bolton for £4million in 2000. He made 124 starts and 10 sub appearances scoring 17 goals. And became a big fans favourite during his stint.
Curbishley was willing to let Jensen’s contract run its course and let him go on a free this summer, but in the end Curbishley did not want to keep an unhappy player in his squad and reluctantly agreed to flog him to local rivals Fulham.
“We didn’t let Claus go,” said Curbishley. “It was a situation where he wanted to go and we basically couldn’t do anything about it in the end but had to deal with it.
“He’s only managed a couple of games and he’ll be nice and fresh for us and he’ll really be looking forward to playing against us I’m sure. “But for me the Fulham game’s another local derby.
“The result against Middlesbrough on Sunday’s given us a bit of a lift after the Leicester game.
“There’s a lot to play for at Fulham. We never covered ourselves in too much glory at Fulham when we lost 2-0 there last season – let’s hope we can put that right.”