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Fulham captain Tom Cairney has started a new treatment for his troublesome knee injury in an attempt to avoid surgery.

The Scottish international midfielder has been sidelined since the 1-1 draw at Newcastle before Christmas having originally picked up the problem in a pre-season friendly with MK Dons. Cairney, 30, has a history of chronic knee problems but this injury is not to the same knee that he injured during Fulham’s 2018 promotion campaign.

Fulham manager Scott Parker told his press conference this afternoon:

“He has had different treatment starting today and we’ll have to see how he reacts to that and whether there’s an improvement. Obviously the medical team are doing all they can and going into every different avenue. We’ll see where we are in a few weeks.”