Hughes ready for Swans test

Fulham defender ready for return to action against Swansea

Aaron Hughes: Ready for the visit of Swansea on Saturday

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Fulham defender Aaron Hughes is preparing for the visit of Swansea City on Saturday after missing out in last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa through injury.

This loss ended a run of three successive wins for Martin Jol's side, a winning streak which coincided with Hughes' return from to the first team, and his absence was felt at Villa Park.

The Northern Ireland international was dismayed at missing his club's last game, but feels he is ready to make an immediate return to first-team action.

Disappointed

Hughes told the club's official website: "I was disappointed to miss out last weekend but I'm fine now. I had a minor problem which I was hoping wouldn't stop me playing but unfortunately I just missed out.

"I feel fine now though. I did a little bit of work on Monday just to make sure I was okay and I trained fully on Tuesday so I'm fine."

He continued: "It was nice to be involved in that run. The team played really well and got three really, really good results so it's always nice to come in and have that happen.

"On a personal note it's nice to just have a little run in the side and that's why I was so disappointed to miss out at the weekend."

Good chance

Fulham currently occupy 10th position in the Premier League table, ahead of Swansea by virtue of goal difference, and although it is close in the league, Hughes is hoping for a strong finish to the season.

The 32-year-old said: "It's going to be quite tight because there's a lot of teams around us now all bunched on similar points. Each week maybe someone will jump ahead of someone else, and then the next week they'll be back down.

"I think if we can go on little runs like we have done, with two or three games where we get wins, certainly don't lose, then we've definitely got a good chance of finishing in a strong position in the league."

Swansea visit Craven Cottage on Saturday and Hughes knows the Welsh side will be in high spirits following Sunday's 1-0 win over Manchester City.

"Their confidence will be high," he continued. "They're known, a bit like us, for getting the ball down and passing it. They're a good footballing side so it will be a good test for us. But at home this season we've done well and there's no reason we can't do well again on Saturday."