Fulham's Bryan Ruiz is relieved to be back playing again after a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

The 27-year-old has been out since suffering a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland on November 18. Ruiz suffered a setback in his recovery and only returned to action on Wednesday, playing the entire second half of the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

"I was really pleased to be back in the side and to play 45 minutes but I was disappointed with the result," Ruiz told the club's official website, www.fulhamfc.com. "We knew we needed to win and we couldn't do it."

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