Parker keeps motivated during injury

Written by Christine Younan

Fulham captain Scott Parker revealed how he stayed motivated during his injury season after undergoing surgery on his right ankle earlier this year.

The 35-year-old former English professional footballer who is also known as a ‘tough-tackling’ central midfielder missed most of the end of last season due to his injury.

Despite his age and his injury, Parker is certain that he still has a future at Fulham. “I will be playing a while longer, there is no set time for me to retire but if my legs don’t work then we’ll have to call it a day,” he said.

Parker signed a three-year deal with Fulham in 2013 after his contract ended at Tottenham Hotspur. He still trains with the rest of his squad and feels quite ‘fit and sharp’.

Fulham manager Kit Symons is unsure about Parker’s playing future at Fulham. “I’m very conscious of where Scotty is in his career, his fitness levels and his age – there’s no getting away from it,” he said.

Parker has not officially retired but his international career is long gone in the past. “I’ve had my time and I’ve loved every minute of it, England did so well with their qualifiers, it’s now up to the team and Roy to replicate that next year in France,” he said.

Although the return of Parker is pending, he will be used sparingly when finally returns to the Fulham first team. The former England player will see out his contract at Craven Cottage by coming in and out of the team.

“When you’re injured the most important thing is to get as fit as you can when you play football and if you’ve played for such a long time and you’re not doing it anymore because you’re injured it becomes frustrating,” said Parker.

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