Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov could face another spell on the sidelines after suffering a suspected broken rib in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Reading.

Berbatov, who joined Fulham from Manchester United the summer, was making only his second appearance after returning from a four-week lay-off with a thigh problem.

The Bulgarian picked up the latest injury in the first half against Reading, but managed to carry on after having an injection at the break. He then netted his third goal in just five Premier League appearances for the Cottagers.

He could now face another month on the sidelines, with Fulham facing trips to Arsenal and Chelsea in November.

Fulham boss Martin Jol said after the game: “Berbatov was good. He can play in midfield, in the hole and up front. He needed an injection to play the second half and showed a lot of character.

“There was a problem with his rib which was very painful. Maybe it was broken, we’ll have to take a look at it.

“We asked him to play on for 10 or 15 minutes but he stayed on the pitch and it was good to see him score the third goal.”