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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Tom Cairney of Fulham scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Tom Cairney has returned to training as he continues his recovery from a knee injury – something that Fulham manager Scott Parker has described as ‘a huge step forward‘.

The Fulham captain has been welcomed back to a modified training programme at Motspur Park over the past week, marking the first time since December that Cairney has been involved in sessions at the club’s training ground. The 30 year-old midfielder has been out of action since appearing in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle before Christmas and consulted several specialists on how to best tackle what appeared a troublesome knee issue.

Parker updated his press conference this afternoon on Cairney’s progress:

“He went for a laser treatment which we thought might help speed up the process, and he’s come through that pretty well. He’s been training with us this week, albeit modified training, but nowhere near yet being stretched to a real intensity.

“But it’s a huge step forward for him but he’s been modified, and next week we’ll step it up again. It’s little steps for Tom and we’ll see how he comes out of them. At the moment that’s been good so long may it continue.”

Cairney has made just eleven appearances for Fulham this season – scoring a single goal in the defeat by Crystal Palace – and Parker concedes it is far too early to put a date on a potential Premier League return.