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Fulham’s injury updates

24 September 2010

As the Cottagers attempt to patchwork together an attack for tomorrow’s home match with Everton, they got some encouraging injury news concerning their tattered strike force. According to FulhamFC’s twitter feed:

Hey, Jake! Remember this sweet finish past Joe Hart?

  • Mark Hughes announced this morning that the current expectation is that Moussa Dembele will be out two to three weeks.
  • Diomansy Kamara may be healthy enough to play for Fulham tomorrow against Everton.
  • Andrew Johnson may return to training with the first team next week.
  • The Ealing Gazette mentions that Kamara came through 70 minutes in a closed-door scrimmage this week and looks set to come off the bench against Everton. That report also noted that that Damien Duff should be available for selection tomorrow (not that that’s a great thing) and that goalkeeper David Stockdale is expected to return to training on Monday.

    All in all, that’s a pretty good scenario for Fulham. Kamara’s no great shakes, but he’s at least a legitimate striker with some pace who has scored goals at this level in the past. (Note: He’s Jake’s least favorite Fulham player ever for his brace off the bench in the 2008 match at Eastlands, including the sweet 93rd minute winner that helped Fulham miraculously avoid relegation. Go to 7:15 in this video for the goal, or enjoy the whole comeback).

    Anyway, it seems like Dembele and Johnson will be healthy again right around the same time, so Fulham really only needs to get through a couple more matches with truly limited options up top.

    Stockdale’s recovery is equally important as incumbent Mark Schwarzer is coming off a terrible week, with mistakes against Blackburn and Stoke heavily influencing the eventual results of those matches. Stockdale looked good in his three starts before the injury, so there could be a battle for the No. 1 shirt if Schwarzer doesn’t find better form quickly.

    I’ll be back later with a match preview that probably will include phrases like “Shoot from distance on Tim Howard; they’ll probably go in” and “Good thing Everton doesn’t need Landon Donovan when they already have Bilyaletdinov.”

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