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Cairney Sidelined For Wales Trip

Cairney Sidelined For Wales Trip

Fulham captain Tom Cairney has been ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Cardiff City but Timothy Fosu-Mensah could return.

The Scotland international missed the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal before the international break because of an ankle injury but it was hoped he would be back in contention for the trip to Wales.

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However, manager Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed at a press conference on Thursday that midfielder Cairney is unavailable for selection as he continues to recover from the niggling issue.

The Serbian tactician also revealed left-back Joe Bryan, who was one of a number of players to arrive at Craven Cottage in the summer, remains out with a hamstring problem.

He said: “For the Cardiff game, we can’t use Joe Bryan and Thomas Cairney.”
Netherlands international Fosu-Mensah, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester United, has recovered from a shoulder injury and could be included in the squad.

Jokanovic added: “Fosu-Mensah has been working with us. He’s still not 100% after the last game, but you don’t need to be 100% ready. You need to be strong-minded. He can be available.”

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