Fulham boss Mark Hughes was delighted to have striker Andy Johnson fit and available for selection for the 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.
The 29-year-old England international had been sidelined since January, but featured as a second-half substitute at The Hawthorns.
Hughes told his club's official website:"Having Andy back is a big positive.
"He has worked extremely hard to get back to fitness and he will be a very important player for us moving forward. All he needs now is games and we will make sure he gets them."
Meanwhile, the Welshman was disappointed by his side's display in the Black Country, with the Cottagers now only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
Hughes added:"I felt at 1-0 we were good value. We had to make changes in terms of our shape because we had a lot of personnel missing, but we started well.
"West Brom are a good side. They've played all the so-called top five and taken points off them.
"We were a match for them for decent periods, but goals change games and we didn't ask enough questions in the end."