Fulham aim to steer clear of the relegation zone with a victory against FA Cup quarter-finalists Reading

Fulham manager Slaviša Jokanović is adamant his side will escape relegation this season but is wary of the threat Reading pose.

Fulham lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough in their last league match, with both goals coming in the first 20 minutes.

Reading go into Saturday’s match in strong form, having won their last three games and are yet to lose at home in 2016.

Jokanović said: “They’re playing good football, they’re very organised and very fast.

“In the last month they played better football than before. They had a great result last week at Charlton Athletic and are in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals.”

Fulham will be without the suspended Richard Stearman but Fernando Amorebieta is available for selection after he received a red card at Leeds.

Cauley Woodrow has also returned to training after breaking his foot against Sheffield Wednesday in January.

Jokanović  said: “Only Lasse Vigen Christensen is still out of working with the team.

“For Cauley, it was the first day for him back in training on Thursday. He’ll probably need a few weeks more before he’s ready to play.

“It’s a good situation, we generally have all the team available to compete.”

After dropping down to 20th in the table in their defeat to second-placed Middlesbrough, Jokanović  is certain the Whites will avoid relegation.

He added: “I try thinking step by step, I’m sure we’re going to avoid relegation.

“I haven’t made any calculations, I’m only thinking about what’s in front of us and that’s the Reading game.”

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