Fulham defender Philippe Senderos is targeting a first-team spot as he looks to put an injury-ravaged start to his Craven Cottage career behind him.

The Swiss international endured the worst possible start to life at Fulham after signing from Arsenal in 2010 – rupturing an Achilles tendon in one of his first training sessions at Motspur Park. Getting into Martin Jol’s first choice back four won’t be easy with Aaron Hughes and Brede Hangeland forming such an outstanding partnership, but the 26 year-old is still aiming high.

Senderos told Fulham’s official website:

“I think it’s important to not dwell too much on what has happened in the past – I like to think that the injury is behind me now. Of course, it was a frustrating period because I missed the majority of my first season at Fulham. I featured at the end of last season and at the start of this one, so it’s the present that I have to focus on.

“I am feeling good and very much looking forward to the coming weeks. I’ve missed a lot of football and I need to establish myself again, so in that sense it is a very important season for me.”

“When the chance comes to show what I can do I have to make sure that I take the opportunity.”

Senderos stressed he thrives on the ambitions Fulham offer, hoping to become a key player by featuring regularly in the side.

“I just want to help make a difference and get a regular run of games under my belt,” he added.

“Joining Fulham was an easy choice, despite having other options.

“This is a great club, with great players, great staff and great prospects – when you put those factors together you can see that this team is capable of achieving big things.

“Ambition is massive to me, and Fulham have that. They’ve enjoyed some of their best seasons in recent years and I want to be part of its future.”