Fulham boss Scott Parker has confirmed that Terence Kongolo will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
The 25-year-old defender, who only recently joined the west London club on loan from Huddersfield until the end of the season, suffered the injury in the game against Blackburn Rovers last week.
It was only his second appearance in a Fulham shirt.
“Obviously we’re absolutely devastated for Terence,” Scott Parker told the club website.
“He’s going to be out for the remainder of the season, and he’ll be missed. It’s gutting.”
“I think I’ve said on numerous occasions that he probably gives us a different attribute to what we have in defence.”
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The likely scenario for both the player and the club is that Kongolo returns to Huddersfield Town to continue his rehabilitation. He is under contract with the Terriers until 2022.
The defender has made a total of thirteen appearances this season, and made his Fulham debut in their 4-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup fourth round.
Parker also confirmed that Harrison Reed is still out, and Anthony Knockaert will be assessed ahead of the game against Barnsley on Saturday after recently suffering with a bout of illness.
The Cottagers brought in Kongolo to add another experienced option to the defence during January, and at the time, it looked like a handy signing.
However, this news will be disappointing for both the player and the club, and Fulham are unable to replace him outside of the transfer window.
The details of the injury have not yet been revealed by the club.