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Injured Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli remains in good spirits after his horrific injury at Hull last month, according to the man who has replaced him in the team, Andy Lonergan.

Lonergan revealed that he has been exchanging text messages with Fulham’s academy graduate, who stepped impressively in the first-team goalkeeping position last season, since his untimely clash with Matt Smith during the 2-1 defeat at the KC Stadium.

I texted him at 3am when we got back from Hull. I just said I hope you’re all right and he replied saying he’d be back out on the golf course in no time so fingers crossed for that. We get on really well. The goalkeeper’s union exists and it’s a strong group.

I had similar myself when I was his age and missed a lot of football. Everyone is here for him and he’s got a great support unit in his dad and his sister is a physio at the club. You have to believe in yourself. You have to trust the medical staff. I’ve not thought about it for years and when Betts went down I felt I’d seen it before.

Lonergan, who started the first game of the season at Cardiff, says he has settled in well at his new club having joined Fulham from Bolton on a free transfer in the summer and is trying to make the most of a first-team opportunity. His penalty save at Rotherham last weekend proved vital in helping Kit Symons’ side secure their first league win of the season.

I love it here. It’s been an easy transition for me to come here. My family are down and I want to get on the pitch and play some football.