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Fulham will be hoping the shoulder injury Aaron Hughes has picked up on international duty with Northern Ireland will not sideline him.

The defender picked up the problem during his country’s 2-1 defeat against Serbia in Friday night’s Euro 2012 qualifier and he has been ruled out of Tuesday’s showdown with Slovenia.

Therefore, Hughes has returned to Craven Cottage to get the shoulder checked out and boss Mark Hughes will be desperately hoping the player can prove his fitness in time for Sunday’s massive Premier League home clash with Blackpool.

“Aaron didn’t travel to Belfast with us on Saturday, instead he got a flight to London for a scan on his shoulder and it revealed some damage,” Northern Ireland coach Nigel Worthington told the Belfast Telegraph.

“Fulham are going to let it settle for a few days before seeing if the problem needs some further work, but his absence is, of course, a big blow for us.”

Meanwhile, Hughes fears that he could be ruled out for several weeks after clearly feeling the problem occur in his shoulder joint.

“I felt something pop back in, so I assume that it had to come out to go back in,” he said.