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Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is considering pairing Brian McBride and David Healy up front together in a final throw of the dice in their fight for survival.

Healy, a UEFA award winner for banging in goals for Northern Ireland, has not been anywhere near as prolific for Fulham since his former international team manager Lawrie Sanchez brought him to Craven Cottage in the summer.

But he came on as a substitute against Sunderland to score a cracking effort – only his sixth of the season at club level.

The striker said: “The manager gets paid to pick the team and I am as disappointed as anybody who is not in it and not playing. I want to be part of this, whatever the future is.”

Fulham will be without striker Eddie Johnson. The American is back in training following illness but will not be included in the squad.

Goalkeeper Antti Niemi is still sidelined with a shoulder injury but should be back in training next week and the same applies to striker Jari Litmanen, who has a groin problem.