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Fulham boss Mark Hughes has challenged to keep his place in the Fulham first-team.

The Ghanaian made his first appearance for more than two months in Saturday’s draw against Birmingham, coming off the bench as a first-half substitute for the injured Carlos Salcido.

And with the Mexican a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal, Paintsil could get the nod from the start at the Emirates.

Hughes said: “I would expect him to be frustrated because he wants to play – every player in every Premier League club wants to play.

“But you cannot always get in the side, and that’s what happened to John.

“He had a little loss of form at the start of the season and lost his place, but now he’s got an opportunity to stay in the team.”