Fulham’s Premier League survival bid has been dealt a huge blow after new signing Joachim Andersen suffered an ankle injury in training and is set to miss at least a month’s worth of action.

The Danish international defender, signed on a season-long loan from Lyon earlier this month, picked up the injury this week at Motspur Park – meaning that his debut, anticipated to have been against Sheffield United in a crunch match at Bramall Lane this weekend, will now be delayed.

Fulham manager Scott Parker told his press conference this afternoon:

He’s damaged his ankle in training over the last couple of days so he will be out for the foreseeable future really. I wouldn’t want to put a timescale on it but it’s going to be some weeks. We’re disappointed of course because we had him for two days, we see his quality but we’re going to be without him for a little time and hopefully we’ll get him right, get him rehabbed and get him back to being part of the team.