Martin Jol is considering offering Zdenek Grygera a new contract – but wants the Czech defender to get back to full fitness before making a final decisionabout his Fulham future.
The 31 year-old enjoyed a great start to his Craven Cottage career after joining from Juventus on a free transfer towards the end of the summer transfer window, but his season ended early when he ruptured cruciate knee ligaments against Tottenham in November. Having only signed a short-term contract until the end of the season, the versatile defender’s future is up in the air – although Jol admits he feels the club should help him return to fitness before deciding whether to extend his contract.
I feel we owe it to him to keep him here and get him fit, and then we can make a decision, or he can if he has other offers.
The main thing for him is to get fit. That won’t be until the middle of July and then we can make a decision. He did well from the first match, which is very unusual [for a player new to English football].
I was very happy with him. He can play left-back, right-back or centre-back, but it’s not a minor injury. It isn’t easy to come back to full fitness if you’re that age.