Fulham boss Scott Parker has revealed there is a “slim chance” that the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Anthony Knockaert and Aboubakar Kamara will return for his side’s next league match against Huddersfield.
Parker was speaking after the Cottagers’ goalless draw with Championship relegation strugglers Charlton, with the Craven Cottage outfit failing to seal a third consecutive league victory which would have taken them within one point of second-placed Leeds.
The West London outfit had sealed back-to-back victories over Hull and Middlesbrough heading into the match, but Lee Bowyer’s men produced a resolute showing to fend off a Fulham side who were missing a number of their key attacking players to injury.
Top goalscorer Mitrovic has now missed the last two matches after being stretchered off against Hull earlier this month while Knockaert, Kamara and Neeskens Kebano were also absent for the clash at The Valley with their respective injury problems.
Speaking to the media, Parker has now indicated there is a chance that all four of these players will return to the squad for his side’s clash with Huddersfield in nine days time, which means they are set to miss this weekend’s FA Cup meeting with Manchester City.
“I’m hoping Huddersfield maybe a slim chance for us (for Mitrovic, Knockaert, Kebano and Kamara to return),” Parker told South London Press.
Fulham are now sitting three points adrift of the automatic promotion spots in the Championship, and Parker will be particularly looking forward to Mitrovic’s return after the striker’s impressive haul of 18 goals in 26 games this campaign.
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Fulham have shown signs of climbing into the top-two places in recent weeks after closing the gap on Leeds and West Brom, but last night’s result against Charlton will come as a setback given Parker would have been targeting three points against the Addicks.
However, one of the key reasons for Fulham’s failure to find the net comes down to the fact that a host of attacking players were unavailable through injury, and Parker will feel more confident of his side beating lower-placed sides with these names in the side.
It is particularly important that Mitrovic makes a swift return from his injury problem given his importance to the Cottagers, and it would come as a major boost if he was able to make his comeback in time for the Terriers clash on February 1st.