Fulham boss Kit Symons has demanded his players stamp their authority in south London from the whistle.
“It’s likely to start fairly nervously,” he said. “Their home record hasn’t been so great. It’s going to be who can take the initiative early, and we need to be on the front foot from the off and quell their passionate crowd.
“It’s very likely there will be an element of rotation over the next few games, when you get so many games in such a short time Some will be forced, because you never know, but also we might need to freshen things up.
“We’re under no illusions we have a tough run, but we need tough people to get us through it. We’ve got to roll our sleeves up and scrap.”
Tim Hoogland is back in the frame to face Millwall tomorrow – although it’s more likely he will feature in the three games that follow over the next 10 days.
The German right-back and midfielder came through 90 minutes in an U21 game against Chelsea on Thursday night, and looks set to play for the first time since he pulled up lame with a pelvis injury at the end of October.
Shaun Hutchinson has also recovered from a head wound sustained in the closing minutes of defeat to Ipswich last week, and throws his name into the hat for a relegation six-pointer at the New Den.
Bryan Ruiz has also recovered from a midweek virus, and trained today.