Fulham are hoping that injured striker Andy Johnson will be able to return to first-team action in September.

Mark Hughes says the former England striker, who made only thirteen appearances for the Whites in an injury-hit campaign last season, is recovering quicker than the club’s medical team were expected from the serious knee injury he sustained at Blackburn in January. Johnson endured another setback when he broke down in pre-season training, necessitating another trip to see knee specialist Richard Steadman in the States.

The new Fulham manager believes Johnson will return stronger than ever.

It looks very positive and he’s looking to get back as soon as he can. He’s done a lot of physical work while he’s been out and the key to it is when he does come back he’ll be the strongest he’s ever been in his career. We’re probably looking at September or October.