Simon Davies – again called Digger by the official site (a nickname nobody outside of Motspur Park seems to have been aware of until recently) – says he hopes to be back in action for Fulham by the end of October.

The Welsh international midfielder has had more surgery on his injured foot and is apparently desperate to get back playing as soon as possible.

They took out a loose bit of bone, next I’m getting the stitches taken out. Hopefully I’ll be able to start running over the weekend and crack on with training next week.

If all goes to plan I should be back and available by the end of the month, hopefully I will only miss two or three games at the most. It’s been frustrating but it’s just one of those things.

Davies lauded Roy Hodgson’s rotation policy – which has seen Fulham reach the top of their Europa League group with two games played – and hopes to get another taste of European football in November.

The way the Manager is rotating players at the moment – it’s great for me coming back because there are good first class games to be involved in. If I can get fit we’ve got some good games coming up in November, which are perfect for me to get ready for the Premier League, which is the most important thing.

The Premier League is the toughest league in the world and just because we finished seventh last season doesn’t mean we’ll be flying high this year. We put a lot of hard work in to finish in that position last year and we’ve got to do that again this year.

If you want to be successful in the Europa League you’ve got to have a squad. Last year we were fortunate that we didn’t have that many injuries and we had a balanced team, but with the amount of games we’ve got this season it was always going to be more of a squad game.

The Manager’s bought very wisely and everyone’s fitted in well. I think we’ve been unlucky in the league. We’ve deserved a few more points than we currently have but we have to manage that. The squad is there to be used and the Manager is rotating it very well at the moment. It seems we’ve been unlucky and the West Ham result was a bitter pill to swallow, especially after going down to ten men.

We’ve had some tough games against the likes of Chelsea and Villa but 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 alright.