Fitness boosts for Fulham as they face injury-ravaged Bolton

Kit Symons could be ready to welcome back defenders Fernando Amorebieta and Tim Hoogland for Fulham’s trip to the Macron Stadium to face Bolton.

The Lilywhites’ boss has been monitoring the progress of club captain Scott Parker, who missed out on the club’s last two games through illness.

The Cottagers are without a win in four, but have enjoyed success in recent fixtures against Bolton, winning the last four meetings between the two sides, scoring 12 and conceding none.

This season’s reverse fixture saw Fulham run out 4-0 winners, with both Amorebieta and Hoogland getting themselves on the scoresheet along with Hugo Rodallega and Lasse Vigen Christensen.

A draw against Birmingham at Craven Cottage last weekend has done little to aid Symons’ hopes of a late season push towards the play-offs.

Symons will be looking to top scorers Rodallega and Ross McCormack to ignite any lasting hopes of reaching the promotion spots, with the two strikers having scored a combined total of seven in their last seven matches.

Fulham find themselves 16th in the table on 35 points, with Bolton just one place and one point behind them in the table.

Bolton have enjoyed a resurgence since the arrival of Neil Lennon, as the ex-Celtic manager has lifted them off the bottom of the table.

However, the Trotters have won just one league match since the turn of the year, and the absence of nine first-team players could make matters decidedly tougher.

David Wheater and Liam Trotter are the latest visitors to the treatment table, picking up injuries in Bolton’s 4-1 defeat at Derby.

Neither side are completely clear of relegation, but a win for the Cottagers would give them an 11-point buffer against the drop zone, and a much needed boost ahead of a tricky tie against promotion hopefuls Ipswich.

Star man: Ross McCormack

Danger man: Zach Clough

Last meeting: Fulham 4-0 Bolton, October 1 2014, Championship

Picture courtesy of treevis, with thanks

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