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Simon Davies hopes to return to first-team action with Fulham in the New Year after resuming training following a back injury.

The Welsh midfielder made a welcome return to Martin Jol’s side in the defeat at Swansea earlier this month after a lengthy lay-off due to a knee injury but his progress was halted by a back problem. The 32 year-old wants to be available for the visit of Arsenal on January 2, but recognises that the FA Cup third round tie against Charlton might be a more realistic achievement.

It was great to be back against Swansea but my back gave me a little bit of grief afterwards. It was from the rigours of trying to get back and fit again.

After the Swansea game I carried on training the next week and it just got too much and I couldn’t really function. I needed a week to ten days to rest and strengthen it and I’ve been back in training for the last three or four days.

I’m just building up my fitness and I’m hoping to be involved, if not for the Arsenal game, then the Charlton game. That’s what I’m hoping for.