Fulham head coach Marco Silva has denied reports in the Serbian press that Aleksandar Mitrovic has broken bones in his foot ahead of the World Cup.

The Fulham forward will miss Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Manchester United as he recovers from the persistent problem, sustained on international duty last month, and now faces a race against time to be fit for Serbia’s first group game against Brazil on 24 November.

Silva told the Athletic’s Peter Rutzler:

“Mitro had an exam after the match again and it’s not true. That’s the feedback that I have from our medical staff and of course it is what I have to trust. Because of that, Mitro was called up by the national team. Let’s see what will happen in the next few days. Mitro has to do a new exam next week to see how he is. But about a fracture, it’s not true. It’s in his bone, that’s true. But it’s not broken.”

Mitrovic, who has scored nine goals in twelve games this season, missed last week’s defeat at Manchester City and Serbia’s record goalscorer is desperate to feature in his first World Cup finals – having headed his country to the tournament with an iconic injury-time winner against Portugal in Lisbon.