Fulham manager Marco Silva has dropped an injury update ahead of the Cottagers’ upcoming Championship clash.
According to a report by West London Sport, the Fulham boss revealed that he will once again be unable to call upon Fabio Carvalho on Wednesday evening, as the 19-year-old is still yet to recover from a toe injury which has now ruled him out of five Championship fixtures.
The 44-year-old also claimed that Tom Cairney is back in fitness training with the first-team squad, and could be in line for a return to action after the upcoming international break.
Speaking about the current condition of the midfielders, Silva said: “Tom is running outside on the pitch and improving his physical condition, but not involved in the training sessions, and we hope to integrate him better after the international break.
“If I can have Tom and Fabio available for this position [central midfield] we will be stronger, that’s for sure.”
Considering just how impressive Carvalho has been for Fulham so far this season, as well as the fact that the Cottagers have won just one of the four fixtures the attacking midfielder has been sidelined for, the news that the 19-year-old looks set remain unavailable for the visit of Swansea City is sure to have left fans gutted.
Indeed, over his five Championship appearances this term, the £225k-rated man has scored three goals, registered one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.4 shots and making 2.2 key passes per game.
These metrics have seen the player who Silva himself dubbed a “quality” talent earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.30, ranking him as Fulham’s joint-third best performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, the continued absence of the former England U18 international is sure to dent the club’s chances of picking up a positive result against Swansea, as well as being a major blow for Silva.