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Fulham will be without Fabio Carvalho, Ivan Cavaleiro and Joe Bryan for tomorrow night’s meeting with Cardiff City, Marco Silva has confirmed this afternoon.

Teenage playmaker Carvalho, who has been missing since the end of August with a toe problem, has suffered a setback in his recovery after testing positive for coronavirus. Silva told his pre-match press conference:

“Unfortunately, Fabio got Covid. Now he’s recovering from that situation and was with us yesterday. Let’s see how he reacts from this situation because he stopped for 10 days and had a bad reaction from the situation. Of course, now he has to recover his physical condition.”

Both Bryan and Cavaleiro were substituted during the 4-1 win over QPR on Saturday having picked up injuries.

“Both of them will miss the game tomorrow. The next game, it’s possible, let’s see. Ivan, we have to see every day and take a decision after that. Joe Bryan is nothing really serious but we have to check tomorrow again and take the decision, but both of them will miss the game.”

Kenny Tete, also absent since August having damaged a hamstring, could be in line to return against Cardiff, although Silva admitted the Dutch international was not ready to play ninety minutes. The Fulham boss is looking forward to the return of captain Tom Cairney, who was an unused substitute against Rangers at the weekend.

“He will have an impact in our squad. In the way I like to play, the way our team is playing, he will have an impact. You understand that he needs more time, of course, because he just started training with us 10-15 days ago and needs more time to get everything right in the idea of the team, what he needs to do in every moment of the match. But with his quality, his experience, and everything he can give – and has already given – for this football club, he will be an important player for us.”