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Marco Silva has confirmed that Cyrus Christie is not in his plans and that the full back is trying to finalise an exit from Fulham before the end of the transfer window.

The Fulham head coach suggested that the club could be tempted back into the transfer market to sign a right back after scans revealed that Kenny Tete’s hamstring injury is more serious than first thought. Christie has not featured since Silva took over from Scott Parker earlier this summer and has already turned down the chance to return to Nottingham Forest after being on loan at the City Ground last season.

Silva told his pre-match press conference earlier today:

“The situation with Kenny has opened a gap we are trying to cover. We have Denis [Odoi], and we believe in Denis, but he is a different profile as a right back. We need something different to have competition between them.”

“Christie knows already my plans. He will not be involved. He’s our player, but he’s trying to sort his future.”

Silva had more positive words for academy graduate Steven Sessegnon, who played in midfield tonight as Fulham’s under 23s drew at Aston Villa.

“About Sessegnon, it’s a different situation. He’s a young player, we can keep him to work with him.”