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Fulham defender Kieran Richardson insists he’s finally over his injury nightmare and is ready to make Fulham’s left-back spot his own.

The former Manchester United man has been restricted to just 20 Premier League starts since signing from Sunderland last year due to a niggling hamstring problem.

Richardson limped out of the win at Sunderland on the opening day of the campaign, but is back to fitness and has started the past eight games.

And the 29-year-old is keeping his fingers crossed that his injury worries are behind him as he looks to help Martin Jol’s strugglers up the table.

He said: “I blew out my hamstring on the first game of the season, which was a bit of a downer, then I have been having a few little niggles on my calf.

“You have got to get on with it and I just want to play every game. Hopefully we can kick on and I can play the rest of the season. I am taking it each game at a time.”

Richardson has got the nod over John Arne Riise, Fernando Amorebieta and Matthew Briggs for Fulham’s left-back berth.