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Team mates and family helping Bettinelli recovery

last updated Sunday 15th November 2015, 5:25 PM


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It's a family affair for Marcus Bettinelli at Fulham and the injured goalkeeper has needed it, not just from the squad but his relatives who work for the club.

The highly-rated shot-stopper suffered a knee ligament injury in August after a collision with Matt Smith and is hoping to return by the end of February.

The squad have been helping him stay focused, while he has also developed a strong friendship with Jack Grimmer.

He said: "It's such a good squad in that changing room now and everyone sent their regards that night. I'd come home early.

"When I had my op they were supportive texting me and ringing me. They cheer me up every day when I go into work. It's not easy watching them go out and I'm stuck on the bed."

"It is really tough. I've got to come in with a positive attitude. I'm a positive guy. I'm working towards a goal and that goal is to get back to playing week in week out for Fulham. I'm hoping I can do that as soon as possible."

Bettinelli has benefited from the fact his father is the under-18 goalkeeping coach at the club while his sister is a physio with the academy meaning he has familial support close to hand.

He explained: "My dad is the under-18 goalkeeping coach and my sister is a physio for the academy. She's been getting her hands on me. It's good having them there. I've had a lot of support from them."

Bettinelli admitted it was the worst injury he has suffered in his career, although the Fulham goalkeeper has had other knockbacks in the past.

He explained: "It was a freak accident which Matty couldn't do anything about. We stopped Hull scoring.

"Looking back now, nobody really sees it that way. We were there to do a job professionally. It was unfortunate we both got injured.

"One minute you're on top of the world, the next you're with the physio for six months."

Just that summer, Bettinelli had been linked with a move to Chelsea and appeared to have the world at his feet after signing a new four-year deal with the club before the cruel twist of fate.

He explained: "I signed my new deal six or seven days prior to the game and was on top of the world and I had signed for four years.

"It went from an extreme high to getting injured and hearing I'd be out for six or seven months which was devastating news.

"I'm trying to get back fit. I'm confident in my ability and I believe I'll get back fit as soon as I can.

"I want to be playing again and making saves and having people talking about me in a positive way. It was a shame it happened so soon into the season. I'll get over that."

In his absence, Andy Lonergan, and subsequently Joe Lewis after his fellow goalkeeper's injury, have both been between the sticks and Bettinelli has been delighted with their form and will be cheering them on from the sidelines.

He added: "Joe and Lonners have been sharing duties and I think they've been terrific. I can't say a bad word about them. I'll support them as much as they've supported me."





















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