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Fulham head coach Marco Silva believes that Kenny Tete may be back in training before the international break.

The Dutch defender has been sidelined since limping out of the win over Stoke City at the end of August with a hamstring complaint. The Whites have sorely missed the former Lyon full back’s attacking instincts and Silva has had to deploy Denis Odoi as a deputy after failing to sign a replacement on the final day of the summer transfer window.

He told his pre-match press conference this afternoon:

“During the international break, it’s possible he could start work with the team. After the international break I think we will start to see him involved with the team. Then once he is in his best physical condition, he’ll be involved in matches as well.”

The 25 year-old has made 27 appearances for Fulham since moving to Craven Cottage last summer but saw his first season with the club disrupted by injuries. His earlier than expected return to training at Motspur Park could come as a significant boost for Silva, whose side have faltered in his absence – losing to Blackpool and Reading as well as dropping points at Bristol City in the past month.