Dickson Etuhu has set his sights on retaining his starting spot for when Fulham face Stoke City on Saturday.

The Nigerian midfielder was recalled to Martin Jol’s squad after the closure of the transfer window having asked to leave the club, according to his manager. Etuhu, who replaced the injured Steve Sidwell for the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, wants a regular run of first-team football and accepts the onus is on him to prove he deserves it.

I can build from that. Obviously, in this week’s training I’ve got to try and push on and get my fitness up but I’m looking forward to the game at home against Stoke.

That’s probably the more important one for us and hopefully we can get the three points. It’s always tough when you play Stoke but we believe we can win at home. We’re looking to obviously go and win our home games and I’m sure that, if we play the way we can, we’ll do that.

Jol would be right to pair Etuhu and Murphy together in central midfield at the weekend. As Rich has pointed out over at CCN, Fulham have recorded three wins over Stoke with the 29 year-old in the team.