Aaron Hughes is already looking ahead of Fulham's next Europa League outing after a week to remember for the Northern Ireland defender.

Hughes scored his first ever international goal for his country last week against the Faroe Islands, while on Saturday the centre-back made his 400th Barclays Premier League appearances.

And the 31-year-old is humbled by reaching the milestone.

“I didn’t actually realise until somebody reminded me over the last couple of days,” Hughes said. “If I think back to the start of my career, if I’d been told I’d make 100 appearances, I’d have been over the moon.

“It’s something I’ll look back on when I finish playing and I’ll be very proud of, but hopefully there’s a few more left in me and I’ll keep going on as long as possible.”

“You’ve got to take personal responsibility for yourself and how you train and eat,” Hughes added. “Also the guys behind the scenes at the Club do a lot to look after the players to make sure we’re in top shape on a Saturday.”

 

The Whites take an immediate break from the Premier League to continue their Europa League run which began in July.

The club face FC Dnipro on Thursday, before travelling to Wolves on Sunday, where Hughes is hoping the test can build upon their clean sheet against Aston Villa.

“We’ll take the point from last weekend and it was important to get a clean sheet against Villa. If we can keep that up at home we’ve always got a good chance of winning games and Saturday’s result is something to build on.

“It’ll be a tough test against FC Dnipro on Thursday night. It’s a tough draw but the incentive is there. We know what the reward is if we can get through and we’ll be confident after keeping a clean sheet against Aston Villa. The important thing is to have a solid first leg at the Cottage.

“We know from our previous experiences in the Europa League that you have to just take it one game at a time. We’ll do the same this time, do our homework and prepare properly for Thursday’s game."

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