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Fulham's Emerson Hyndman confirms impending return

After six weeks out with a broken collarbone, the teenage midfielder is hoping to feature for the Championship club's Under-21s tomorrow.

Fulham are set to receive a fitness boost in their bid to keep clear of relegation, with Emerson Hyndman telling the club’s official Youtube channel that he hopes to feature in Friday’s Under-21s clash against Norwich City at Craven Cottage.

The American midfielder has been out of action for the past six weeks after breaking his collarbone in the USA’s final match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, where a 2-0 win over El Salvador sealed qualification for the summer’s World Cup, but he is now back in first-team training and eager to get back on the pitch.

“It feels great coming back,” he said. “I was out for six weeks pretty much. I couldn’t do much physically. A lot of it was bike-type stuff.

“But I’m getting back in training with the first-team and getting that sharpness back so it’ll be nice to get a game.

“The injury happened in the last game of qualifying against El Salvador. I just kind of fell on it wrong, a guy fell on top of me and my shoulder ended up in a weird position.

“I didn’t know I broke it at first. They took me to hospital in Jamaica to get assessed but Fulham have since done really well with it. I got a little bit of time at home to recover and hopefully I’ll come back stronger.

“It’s been difficult,” he continued. “Whenever you’re injured you feel separated from the rest just because you have to do your own stuff.

“But I came back into training about a week-and-a-half ago so just being with all them again makes me feel happy and I hope I can help them in the future.”

Hyndman, 18, made his professional debut in Fulham’s Championship opener against Ipswich Town in August but earned his first senior US cap just a few weeks later, before going on to establish himself as a regular in the first-team squad at Craven Cottage.

The Texas-native’s passing prowess even earned him comparisons to Andrea Pirlo from former manager Felix Magath earlier this season and US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also sung his praises in recent months.

“Emerson is phenomenal. This kid came to our first game after the World Cup, and in our first training session he played like he was always with us,” the German told the Telegraph in November.

“He’s barely 18. I said to my coach: ‘Are you seeing what I’m seeing?’ Everyone was like ‘woah’.”

The talent which Klinsmann has spoken of has not gone unnoticed across Europe either and Borussia Dortmund are now reported to be keeping close tabs on the teenager, per Goal USA’s Ives Galarcep, along with clubs in both La Liga and the Eredivisie.

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