Fulham will have to do without captain Tom Cairney for ‘a few weeks‘, according to head coach Slavisa Jokanovic.

The 27 year-old midfielder, whose performances were so pivotal to the Whites’ promotion campaign in the second half of last season, sustained a foot injury during Fulham’s first Premier League win of the campaign last Sunday against Burnley. Jokanovic had hoped to have Cairney, who pulled out of the Scotland squad for next month’s international yesterday, available for Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion but told his press conference today that the midfielder will be spending some time on the sidelines.

Tom Cairney is going to be unavailable for the Brighton game. He has a foot injury and we still need to assess him but it is our expectation that he will be unavailable for a few weeks. We must assess him, he is going to be out for a few weeks. Yes, this is a big loss for us.

Jokanovic also confirmed that winger Neeskens Kebano will be unavailable for around a month after suffering an ankle injury during the League Cup win over Exeter City on Tuesday night.