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Coleman gets triple fitness boost

Fulham manager Chris Coleman has received a triple fitness boost.

Lee Clark, Jerome Bonnissel and Alain Goma all came through Tuesday’s reserve game after shaking off long-term calf injuries.

Midfielder Clark, 32, has been out since March but played 30 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Southampton’s second string.

French full-back Bonnissel — out a year — completed the first half, while centre-half Goma played the whole match.

Goma could now return to the squad for Monday’s clash with Charlton. Luis Boa Morte is also back in contention after hamstring trouble.

Bonnissel plots return after surgery

Fulham full back Jerome Bonnissel is back in training – and hopes to have put his injury nightmare firmly behind him.

The French defender was a revelation after signing for Chris Coleman’s men on a free transfer last season but two ankle ligament injuries brought his debut season with the Whites to a shuddering halt. The former Rangers defender made sixteen appearances in the first team before getting injured against Southampton on Boxing Day.

Bonnissel admits that he found his lengthy injury lay-off frustrating, but has told the club’s official website today that he is now well on the road to recovery:

“At the beginning I knew that something in my ankle had changed, the stability wasn’t very good and I was experiencing some pain every morning. After I picked up my injury, the season became very frustrating for me. We were trying to find a solution to my ankle problem but at the same time I was watching the matches go by. We tried to find a way to resolve the problem without having to have surgery.

“I’m not wearing a cast and there’s no more limping. I just need to rediscover my balance and control. The progress has been good and I’m now able to run without any problems. I have two new ligaments which means that my ankle is stronger than it was two months ago. I will stay here in London for two or three more weeks before returning to France until the end of the close season. I will have to work hard over the holiday to recover my fitness in time for pre-season but I’m looking forward to it.

Bonnissel also reveals that he has Sylvain Legwinski to thank for prompting his switch to Fulham last summer.

“I was looking for a club and Sylvain called me to say that Chris Coleman was looking for a new left back. Sylvain made first contact with the manager – I came here and played for the team in a friendly in Austria. Then three or four days later I signed my contact with Fulham. It all happened very quickly.”

Bonnissel has ankle surgery

Fulham full back Jerome Bonnissel has been ruled out until the end of the season after undergoing surgery on a troublesome ankle injury.

The French defender has been struggling with a serious ankle sprain since December and after weeks of delaying the inevitable, the former Deportivo La Coruna left-sider has now had surgery in Paris.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman brought Bonnissel to the Premiership club in the summer and after making a promising start to his career after moving from Bordeaux, the player is understandably disappointed by this latest setback.

”The ligaments were seriously damaged,” confirmed Bonnissel. ”I waited a little before making the decision to operate.

”I even spent 15 days at Clairefontaine to get treatment.

”Now I must keep my plaster on for six weeks, then, I will rejoin Capbreton for re-education.”

The talented 30-year-old will not appear again this term and his continued absence will be a blow to Coleman’s bid to bring European football to Fulham, in his first full season in charge.

Bonnissel out for rest of the season

Fulham full back Jerome Bonnissel has been ruled out until the end of the season after undergoing surgery on a troublesome ankle injury.

The French defender has been struggling with a serious ankle sprain since December and after weeks of delaying the inevitable, the former Deportivo La Coruna left-back has now had surgery in Paris.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman brought Bonnissel to the Premiership club in the summer and after making a promising start to his career after moving from Bordeaux, the player is understandably disappointed by this latest setback.

”The ligaments were seriously damaged,” confirmed Bonnissel. ”I waited a little before making the decision to operate.

”I even spent 15 days at Clairefontaine to get treatment.

”Now I must keep my plaster on for six weeks, then, I will rejoin Capbreton for re-education.”

The talented 30-year-old will not appear again this term and his continued absence will be a blow to Coleman’s bid to bring European football to Fulham, in his first full season in charge.

Fulham’s French legion loving life under Coleman

Fulham’s French contingent are loving life under new manager Chris Coleman, according to Louis Saha and Jerome Bonnisel.

Plenty of the Fulham faithful were worried that there could be an exodus of the club’s French players following the departure of Jean Tigana towards the end of last season. But, according to the French legion themselves, they are now even closer to Tigana’s replacement, former club captain Chris Coleman.

Saha, who has been in irresistible form up front this term, told L’Equipe: “Last year, there were lots of problems at the club which disturbed the team and and life within the squad. The finger of blame was pointed at us, the Tigana boys. We were not a very close squad. As soon as Chris took over, the squad had a soul again. Everybody agrees with the coach’s speech. The biggest difference with Tigana is feeling. Coleman listens to us players. He’s like another team-mate, only he’s on the bench.”

Left back Bonnissel credited Coleman for Fulham’s fabulous 3-1 win at Manchester United last weekend.

“We took enormous pleasure at Old Trafford. Coleman is a young manager who knows all the tricks.”

Utility man Martin Djetou also agreed that the atmosphere at the club has been transformed since Coleman took charge.

“The atmosphere is much healthier this season. The English press promised us hell and relegation at the start of the season. It also helped make us progress. It was a motivation.”