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Fulham v CSKA Sofia - Match Preview
Published : 03 Dec 2009 11:14:59
Fulham are missing a number of first team players for tonight's Europa Cup game against CSKA Sofia.
Manager Roy Hodgson, therefore, will have to delve into his development squad to fill up the team.
Erik Nevland, Jonathan Greening and Paul Konchesky are all suspended for the visit of the Bulgarian champions.
To add to the list, Andrew Johnson, Diomansy Kamara and Dickson Etuhu are still injured for a game Fulham need to win to keep alive hopes of making the knockout stages.
Meanwhile Eddie Johnson, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Seol Ki-Hyeon are all ineligible.
Good news for former Internazionale boss Hodgson is the return of both Bobby Zamora and captain Danny Murphy, having both missed the weekend's draw with Bolton Wanderers.
The Cottagers lie third in their group, five points adrift of top side FC Basle, going into the penultimate game of the group stage and Hogdson still believes qualification is attainable.
"We've still got two matches left to play and if we won them both we could qualify so that's what we'll be trying to do because we certainly haven't given up hope of qualifying," he said.
"Basically, from the usual First Team squad, we're down to about 12 or 13 players and we'll make up the rest from the Development Squad."
- by David Brenchley