This might be crucial.
The excellent Mladen Petric, in sparkling form as Hamburg clinched a semi-final spot in Liege the other week, has been ruled out of the first leg against Fulham with a groin start. The Croatian international is a serious doubt for the return game at Craven Cottage too after picking up a groin strain in training.
I wanted to take things slowly this week. Maybe I should not have trained at all.