Fulham have been dealt a big blow regarding the fitness of Fabio Carvalho ahead of their upcoming Championship clash.
In recent comments cited by West London Sport, Marco Silva revealed that the 19-year-old will once again be unavailable for selection this weekend, as the attacking midfielder is yet to recover from a toe injury picked up in the Cottagers’ 2-0 win over Hull City back in August.
Speaking about the former England under-18 international’s current condition, the manager said: “Fabio’s started running on the pitch; but it’s longer than I expected and wanted, to be honest. He took some steps back and we want to make sure he doesn’t step back again. We hope next week he can start working with the team.”
Considering the fact that Fulham have now lost three of the four fixtures for which Carvalho has been sidelined, the teenager’s absence for the trip to Bristol City on Saturday is sure to have left Silva gutted.
Indeed, the 19-year-old had impressed over his five Championship appearances so far this season, with the £225k-rated man scoring three goals, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 2.4 shots and making 2.2 key passes per game (SofaScore).
These returns have seen the player who Silva himself dubbed a “quality” talent earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.30, ranking him as the club’s joint-third best performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, the continued absence of the attacking midfielder is sure to dent the west Londoners’ chances of leaving Ashton Gate with all three points on Saturday, something which is evident from the club’s record without the youngster in the team so far this season.