Last Updated: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:43
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes faces a race against time to be fit for the Cottagers home clash with West Brom on Saturday.
Hughes was forced to pull out of the Northern Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifying double header against Portugal and Luxembourg this month because of a thigh problem.
His potential absence from the side this weekend would be a blow to boss Martin Jol who has started Hughes alongside Brede Hangeland in the heart of Fulham's backline this season.
However, new signing Fernando Amorebieta is now fully fit and ready to fight for his place after his summer switch from Athletic Bilbao.
But Hughes is hopeful of keeping his spot, providing he recovers in time.
"You work hard to get yourself in the team," he told the Fulham Chronicle. "There's a lot of competition for places. I'll do my best and try and keep the spot as long as I can.
"You have to embrace it [when new players come in]. We're all in it together, and the competition keeps everyone on their toes and makes sure no one gets complacent.
"Fernando has looked quality in training and in the pre-season games. We're pretty strong with Brede, myself and Phil [Senderos]."
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