Fulham defender Aaron Hughes is hoping to send out a warning to the rest of Europe by claiming the prize scalp of Juventus in Thursday night’s Europa League showdown in Turin.

The Northern Ireland international will lead out the Cottagers at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino for the first leg of the last 16 tie.

Juventus are one of the giants of the Italian game but they have not won a trophy since being relegated for their part in the match fixing scandal in 2006 – and currently sit fifth in Serie A.

Conversely, Fulham are enjoying their most successful European campaign in history and Hughes believes a win over the Bianconeri could make everyone sit up and take notice of the west London side.

“It would be a massive scalp,” said Hughes, who will skipper the side in the absence of the suspended Danny Murphy.

“Maybe they’re not in the best form at the moment but that doesn’t make a difference as far as we’re concerned.

“If we could get something from the two legs and progress then it would be a massive result for us.

“It would definitely stick out in the club’s history and a few people across Europe would sit up and take note of the result.”