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Fulham Sweating On The Fitness Of Striker Bobby Zamora Ahead Of Europa League Final

Aaron Hughes admits that Fulham are desperate to see striker Bobby Zamora spearhead the attacking third of the pitch during the Europa League final.

The London-based club will take on Atletico Madrid at Hamburg in a battle to be crowned winners of Europe's second-tier competition. But Zamora must first overcome a persistent Achilles injury if he is to play a part in the proceedings on Wednesday.

"Bobby's desperate to play. It's a European final and he's contributed so much the club," Hughes told the press. "This season he's had the goals to go with his hard work whereas last season he didn't get the recognition he is now for scoring.

"Everyone's delighted that he's been able to get the recognition he deserves. He's such an important part of our team.

"If he doesn't play we'll miss him but fingers crossed he'll be fit and if he is that's definitely a plus for us."

The Cottagers' defender maintains that it is a great achievement to be part of the squad that has made it to the first European final in the club's history, but wants to ensure victory over Atleti to make the occasion that much sweeter.

"We've done it the hard way in getting to the final and that shows our character more than anything," said Hughes.

"We kept believing in ourselves and the way we play and that's got us to where we are. There's no reason why we can't win it.

"Atletico are such a big name with such big players that we have to be the underdogs

"It's a fine line because anything can happen in the final. It's impressive to get this far but it would be great to win it."

A lot of credit for Fulham's dream run in Europe has been attributed to manager Roy Hodgson, who has now been named the LMA Manager of the Year.

And the Northern Ireland international added: "Roy's about hard work, about getting across his principles on style of play. Everyone knows their job and their position.

"He's seen it all in his career so is very composed - he knows how to deal with situations.

"He's pretty calm and that transfers to the players. You don't see us panicking much in games, we just stick to the plan.

"He stresses that win or lose a lot can be made of one game when in fact you play 38 in the league alone."

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