FULHAM are still pondering whether to offer Zdenek Grygera a new deal, as the player continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
The former Ajax and Juventus full-back is now out of contract, but back in training at Motspur Park and ‘doing very well’ according to the club.
He is bidding to recover fully from the ruptured ligaments sustained against Tottenham in November last year.
That blow wrecked the 31-year-old Czech international’s Fulham career before it had really begun. He made just seven appearances – five in the Premier League – before his season was cut short.
But boss Martin Jol has not yet closed the door on the possibility of keeping such an experienced player – providing he can convince him that there are no lasting effects of the injury.
Back in May, Jol said that although he would not be taking up the option of resigning him immediately when his contract expired at the end of June, he felt he ‘owed it to the player’ to give him a chance to prove his fitness.
"He did well from the first match, which is very unusual [for a player new to English football]," the Dutchman said. "I was very happy with him.
"He can play left-back, right-back or centre-back, but it’s not a minor injury. It isn’t easy to come back to full fitness if you're that age."