Fulham may be without star striker for visit of leaders as relegation fears mount

Fulham may be without Hugo Rodallega as they continue the search for a first win since mid-January at home to league leaders Derby County on Saturday.

Fulham extended their winless streak in the Championship to six games with their 3-0 loss at Wolves on Tuesday and are now just five points above the relegation zone.

To add to manager Kit Symons’ worries, Fulham striker Rodallega, who has 11 goals this season, is a major doubt.

“Hugo is struggling a little bit,” Symons revealed in his pre-match conference.

“When he came off on Tuesday night and took his boot off, his leg just swelled right up.

“He felt nothing during the game but when he came off it started flaring up and he had a large amount of swelling.

“That’s gone down dramatically now and he came and did some light training, but he’s unlikely to be available.”

However, Fulham may have fit again Sean Kavanagh and Tim Hoogland back in the starting line-up, having made the bench at Molineux.

Unfortunately, the match will come too soon for Fernando Amorebieta, who is set to boost his match fitness with a run-out for the Under-21s.

Derby are two points clear at the top of the Championship having won their last two league games against Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.

The Rams also have the upper hand when it comes to recent head-to-head records against Fulham, having not lost in their last four meetings.

Derby won the last meeting 5-2 at Craven Cottage in the Capital One Cup in October and 5-1 at the iPro Stadium in the league back in August.

Referee: Michael Jones

Star Man: Ross McCormack – The £11m man tops the clubs scoring table with 12 goals this season.

Danger Man: Tom Ince – The Hull City loanee has five goals in five games since joining the Rams.

Last time they met: Fulham 2-5 Derby, Capital One Cup, 28 October 2014

Feature image of Kit Symons courtesy of Fulham football club, via Youtube, with thanks

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