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Fulham dealt major injury blow ahead of Reading clash

Fulham have been dealt a blow regarding the fitness of Fabio Carvalho ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.

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In a report published on the Fulham website, the Cottagers confirmed that the 19-year-old, who has missed the club’s last two league fixtures due to a toe injury, will once again be unavailable for selection for the visit of Reading on Saturday afternoon, having not fully recovered from his knock.

Meanwhile, Harrison Reed is also a doubt for the fixture after picking up an injury in the 4-1 victory over Birmingham City on Wednesday, while Tom Cairney, Terence Kongolo and Anthony Knockaert all remain sidelined.

However, there is a return to first-team action for Josh Onomah, who has recovered from a slight knock picked up in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Blackpool last weekend.

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Silva will be devastated

While Fulham did not exactly struggle for goals in the absence of Carvalho in mid-week, the fact that the attacking midfielder has still not recovered from what initially appeared to be a relatively small injury is sure to have left Marco Silva devastated.

Indeed, over his five Championship appearances this term, the £225k-rated teenager has been in remarkable form for the Cottagers, scoring three goals, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 2.4 shots and making 2.2 key passes per game.

These metrics have seen the man Silva dubbed a “fantastic” player average an extraordinary SofaScore match rating of 7.30, ranking him as Fulham’s fifth-best player in the league.

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As such, with what is sure to be a challenging fixture against a Reading side who are unbeaten in their last two fixtures coming up on Saturday afternoon for Fulham, the unavailability of Carvalho is certain to be a major blow for the Portuguese manager, who will once again have to make do without the teenage sensation.

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