Marco Silva says Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has found his eight match suspension ‘really tough’ to handle.

The Serbian striker will serve the final game of his ban for his Old Trafford altercation with referee Chris Kavanagh when the Whites face relegation-threatened Leicester City at Craven Cottage tomorrow afternoon before making his return at Southampton on Saturday.

Silva outlined just how hard it has been been for Fulham’s top scorer to be ruled out of a critical part of the club’s campaign.

“It has been a tough period for him. He has been working hard, it has to be like that. The mood on some days is a little bit better than the others because he knew a month-and-a-half ago he was going to be out for eight games which is really tough for any player.

The way it has come for us, the way everything happened as well, and the treatment behind the whole scenario, it was really tough. Not just for Mitro, but for our football club. We felt something that was not good. We are here to support Mitro and it is up to him to keep working hard, to be the best he can be from a physical point of view. It will be good to have him again.”