Marco Silva has dropped a worrying injury update on Fulham captain Tom Cairney ahead of the Cottagers’ Championship fixture against Blackpool this afternoon.
In recent comments cited by The Athletic, the Fulham manager revealed that the attacking midfielder’s recovery from a knee injury, which has so far ruled the 30-year-old out of action for 10 months, is taking longer than initially expected.
The 44-year-old went on to state that he is presently unaware of exactly when the Scotland international will return to first team action, but the club will not be rushing Cairney back any time soon.
Silva declared: “It’s longer than what Tom, myself and my medical staff thought. No one expected this long period. How much longer will he be? I don’t know. But the aim for us now is to have Tom 100 per cent fit, and enjoying his football.”
While Fulham did make a move in the summer transfer window to add further depth to the attacking midfield position by bringing in Domingos Quina on deadline day, the news that Cairney still looks to be some way off returning from injury will nevertheless leave Fulham fans feeling gutted.
While the 30-year-old did not feature all that much for the Cottagers last term as a result of his injury, featuring in just 10 Premier League fixtures – in which he highly impressed, averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.28 – the Scot played an influential role in the club’s last promotion-winning season.
Indeed, over his 39 Championship appearances back in Fulham’s 2019/20 campaign, the £8.1m-rated midfielder scored eight goals, registered three assists and created six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 1.1 shots and making 1.8 key passes per game.
As such, the fact that Cairney will not be available for the clash with Blackpool today, and potentially well beyond this game, is undoubtedly a huge blow for Silva and his side, who will be hoping that the 30-year-old can return to the first team as quickly as possible.