Stanislav Manolev has been granted a work permit and has an outside chance of making his Fulham debut at Norwich City this afternoon.
The Bulgarian right back missed last week’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester United as he awaited approval from the Home Office to finalise his loan move from PSV Eindhoven and finally received the green light on Thursday. Manolev, who has won 29 caps for his country, arrived on deadline day to bolster Martin Jol’s defensive options after Stephen Kelly opted to sign for Reading – although the new arrival faces a tough task to displace fellow loanee Sascha Riether from the Fulham first team.
Manager Martin Jol, who is still waiting on a work permit for midfielder Eyong Enoh, feels this afternoon’s Carrow Road clash might come too soon for Manolev:
There’s a 90 per cent chance that he he will be available. He hasn’t trained with us so I don’t think he will be fit. It will be too soon for him to be in the squad.