Manor Solomon says he is inching closer to full fitness after making a number of substitutes appearances for Fulham in recent weeks.

The Israeli international suffered a knee injury just a day after his Fulham debut, when he came off the bench to set up a goal in the Whites’ opening day draw against Liverpool, and had to wait until the FA Cup third round tie at Hull City earlier this month to return to first-team football. The winger came close to equalising against Tottenham last night having been introduced as a substitute and Solomon told FFCTV that feels much better having got more minutes under his belt:

“I tried to bring my creativity and equalise the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Hopefully, I will get some more minutes in the next game. I am starting to feel much better than a couple of weeks ago and I am looking forward now. I feel stronger every day, every week. I’ve come back from a long injury and I am starting to be physically better. In the training [sessions], I am feeling it as well. Hopefully, I will get a few more minutes in the next matches and I will be fully fit.

I couldn’t rush the comeback. I knew when I got injured and the physicians told me what I had, I understood that it was going to be a long injury and that I needed to be really careful and cautious. Now, we are out of it and I feel good. I can say that my injury is behind me and now it is just the physical progress and the ability to play more minutes.

Solomon is looking forward to Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Sunderland as an opportunity to show more of what he can do to the Craven Cottage faithful.

“My first game after the injury was in the Cup and hopefully against Sunderland I can get some more minutes, some more game time and help the team more. It is the second most important competition for us and we are looking forward to this game, we want to win and game through to the next game. Sunderland is a big club in England, they are a good team, we know it. I think in England there are no easy games, especially when you play against Championship teams. We will analyse this game, we will see Sunderland and we will come to the game on Saturday with one goal – which is to win.”