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Poor old Phillipe Senderos. As if missing all but the first twenty minutes of your country’s World Cup campaign and then having to sit out the start of the new season with your new club wasn’t bad enough, Fulham’s new centre back will now spent the next eight or nine months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training at Motspur Park yesterday.

Senderos, who only signed for Fulham on a free transfer from Arsenal during the close season, has immediately been booked in to see the same surgeon who operated on David Beckham after the former England captain suffered a similar injury when playing for AC Milan in May, which caused him to miss the World Cup. The news is a blow for Fulham on the eve of the new campaign, especially as they were beginning to look fairly strong with regards to defensive cover.

Mark Hughes will either use Chris Baird or young Matthew Briggs as back-up for Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes or be forced into the transfer market to bring in a new centre back.