Fulham defender Aaron Hughes will miss Saturday’s crucial clash with Stoke City after breaking down in training.

The Fulham defender hasn’t featured since the defeat at Newcastle in August due to a thigh problem.

Hughes was set to return to the fold to face the Potters at the weekend, only to suffer a setback in training this week.

The 33-year-old will also miss Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Israel.