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Fulham boss Martin Jol revealed skipper Brede Hangeland was withdrawn during last night’s win at Crystal Palace due to a nerve problem.

The towering defender allowed Adrian Mariappa to climb above him to head in Crystal Palace’s opener.

Hangeland, who was also forced off in the victory against Stoke a fortnight ago, was substituted at the break as the visitors went on to win 4-1 at Selhurst Park.

Fulham will assess their captain in the next few days to try and discover the full extent of the problem ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton.

Jol said: “He’s got a nerve which causes him problems.

“He played two games for Norway so I thought he was 100 per cent but at half time we had to take him off.

“I’m not a doctor but a nerve can cause you problems.”