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Fulham boss Mark Hughes is keen to tie down Andrew Johnson to a new deal at Craven Cottage.

Johnson, who has just 18 months to run on his current contract, is back to full fitness after a difficult two-and-a-half-year spell at Fulham because of injuries.

The former Everton and Crystal Palace man scored in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa and Hughes believes he is getting back to his best.

“Andy has 18 months of his contract left. Do I want to keep him? Yes, absolutely,” said Hughes.

“He’s missed a lot of football and we’re hopeful now that he’ll have a run of games and his career will progress without injury.”

Hughes believes Johnson can force his way back into the England squad if he stays fit.

“He was in the England squad prior to his injury problems. Who’s to say that, if he keeps himself fit, he can’t get himself back into those squads?

“He has recovered so strongly because he is a mentally strong guy.

“He’s had disappointments because he’s come back a little bit too soon because he’s just keen to play.

“I think he’s learned from that and he understands his body now.

“We’re starting to see the best of Andy Johnson now. He had a significant injury and he’s been out for a considerable length of time.

“In fairness to him, he’s played a number of games now and his performance levels have been good.

“All that’s been lacking have been goals. Now thankfully he’s added goals. He’s in good shape at the moment.

“He looks strong. He’s completing games at the right intensity and he’s not fading out of games, which you would expect with the length of time that he’s been out.

“He’s been really splendid for the team. Everybody is delighted for him because of what he has been through.”