Fulham still without key man for Leeds United clash as Scott Parker welcomes back duo

Leeds United travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham in the Premier League this weekend.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 1:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 1:54 pm
Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney remains sidelined. Pic: Getty

Fulham will still be without midfielder Tom Cairney for the visit of Leeds United to Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Friday night.

Scott Parker's men have otherwise been handed a clean bill of health after injury worries over winger Bobby De Cordova-Reid and back-up goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

De Cordova-Reid has been a key figure in Fulham's attack in the top flight this season during the club's bid to beat the drop, scoring five league goals from out wide.

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Cairney - who has been out since mid-December with a complex knee problem - will be the only absentee for the Cottagers when they host Marcelo Bielsa's Whites in the capital.

"Squad is good at the moment. No fresh injury worries apart from Tom Cairney, who is still a little way off," Parker told his pre-match press conference.

"It's week by week, it's an ongoing issue to manage the pain. It's proving to be a tricky one at the moment. We've gone and seen some people and got a report and there's a new way we're going to go in the coming weeks."

Leeds, meanwhile, are waiting on top goalscorer Patrick Bamford who is expected to feature following a hip problem picked up against Chelsea.

Club captain Liam Cooper is still out due to illness while Spanish duo Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez will require late fitness tests over muscle problems.

Leif Davis is another squad member who is battling a minor knock while Adam Forshaw (hip) remains United's only long-term absentee.

Robin Koch is back and available for selection after completing 45 minutes for the club's Under-23s earlier this week.