Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has confirmed he will be out for between two and four weeks after suffering an injury against Hull on the weekend.
The 25-year-old has been an integral figure for the Cottagers this campaign after so far netting 18 goals in his 26 appearances, but there were concerns when he was forced off with an injury in the 80th minute of his side’s 1-0 win over Hull on Saturday.
Mitrovic was carried off on a stretcher in the final 10 minutes of the clash at the KCOM Stadium, but it now seems that the injury blow is not as bad as first feared, with the Serbia international having now provided an insight to the length of his lay-off.
Speaking to Serbian outlet Buta Sport, Mitrovic has claimed he has been ruled out of action for between two and four weeks after rupturing an ankle ligament, with this potentially ruling the frontman out for around seven of the Cottagers’ matches.
“I will be out between 2-4 weeks. I have ruptured a ligament on my ankle,” Mitrovic said.
The former Newcastle man is the Championship’s joint-top goalscorer following a prolific first half of the campaign, with his goals playing a pivotal role in helping to propel Fulham up to fourth in the second-tier table.
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There was reason for serious worry when Mitrovic left the pitch with what had appeared to be a very serious injury, so the fact he has only been ruled out for a matter of weeks will come as a big boost for Fulham’s promotion hopes.
The West London side have heavily depended on Mitrovic’s goalscoring exploits so far this campaign, which means their promotion bid would seriously suffer without his services, but it now seems he will be back in action before the end of February.
This now presents an opportunity for Bobby Reid to lead the Fulham line in his fellow frontman’s absence, with the ex-Cardiff man having already proven this campaign that he is capable of scoring goals for Parker’s men.