Fulham striker eyes return to action

Dembele has been out of action since the Carling Cup defeat to Stoke last month with a minor ankle ligament damage.

He told the club’s official website: “Now it’s alright, I’ve already trained three times with the group and I’ve had no pain, just if I shoot really hard, then I have a little bit.

“But I think in the following days that will disappear. I’m happy that the injury wasn’t that serious.”

Dembele joined Fulham in a £5million deal over the summer.

He added: “When I came here everybody was really nice and they made it much easier for me to come into the team.

“It’s been perfect and the team also has a high quality of football. They are all players who have played in the Premier League for a long time so it’s normal to expect that they are high quality players.

“It’s also good for me because I can become a better footballer through training with good players.

“I like English football very much, the stadiums and supporters are nice and the game is very fast.

“It’s also hard but I like it very much. I’m really happy that I came to the Premier League.

“I don’t feel like I have to change my game here. I will learn a few more things because it’s more physical here but I don’t think that I have had to change my whole game.”