Fulham boss Scott Parker has revealed that winger Anthony Knockaert missed his side’s 1-1 draw with Millwall on Wednesday evening due to illness.
Knockaert returned to the bench over the weekend after overcoming a hamstring injury which had kept him out for three matches, but there was then confusion when the 28-year-old was not included in the match-day squad against the Lions.
It has now emerged that Knockaert was not available for the clash due illness, with the Brighton loanee being forced to sit out the the clash at The Den which saw Aleksandar Mitrovic put Fulham in front before Jon Dadi Bodvarsson levelled the scores.
The result means that Fulham squandered their opportunity to climb into the automatic promotion places at Leeds’ expense, but Parker’s men are still level on points with the Elland Road side heading into their weekend clash with Barnsley.
South London Press reporter Richard Cawley took to Twitter to share the news regarding Knockaert.
Knockaert missed tonight's game because he was unwell. Fulham boss Scott Parker: "In the first half we probably played the way Millwall wanted it to be – they were probably the better side."
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) February 12, 2020
Knockaert had been a regular in the Fulham side prior to his recent fitness troubles, with the winger having been directly involved in eight goals during his 29 appearances for the promotion-chasing Cottagers this campaign.
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Many Fulham fans would have been expecting to see Knockaert make his comeback after he was named on the bench over the weekend, so it would have come as something of a surprise when he was not even named in the match-day squad.
Parker’s side could have definitely done with his creativity on the flank during their difficult match at The Den, but the fact Knockaert is unwell and not injured suggests he certainly stands a chance of returning for the clash with Barnsley.
This would certainly come as a boost for Fulham given they will need all of their best players available if they are to sustain their promotion push this term.