Harrison Reed, Tim Ream and Fabio Carvalho are all available for selection as table-topping Fulham prepare to host third-placed Stoke City in an intriguing Championship tussle at Craven Cottage tomorrow.
Marco Silva had been worried about whether Ream and Carvalho would recover from knocks that saw them both substituted in Fulham’s last league outing against Hull City last weekend – and the Fulham head coach also received a boost when Reed, who has yet to feature so far this season, has been passed fit having returned to training after ankle problems. The Whites are still without long-term absentees Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo, whilst Silva suggests that Kenny Tete’s hamstring strain could see the club enter the transfer market to sign a new right back.
“The injury to Kenny Tete changes our plans. We didn’t expect to have to get someone in, but we have to try and get someone in for that position. Kenny is going to be out longer than we thought. It’s more serious than we first thought.”
The Fulham boss believes Stoke will represent Fulham’s toughest test of the season so far.
“As always it will be a tough game. Stoke City are a good side with a good plan, good idea. They’re clear with their idea of the way they want to play. They will be a tough side to beat, in my opinion. hey started the season well, they look confident, and they will come here to do their best, and we – Fulham Football Club – at our best level, we can win the game.
“We have our responsibilities in the game. We’re playing at home, with our fans behind us, and we have to play at our best. We’ve started well, but myself and the football club always want more. We respect all our opponents, and nobody has won anything before the game has been played.”