Marco Silva has revealed that Fulham forward Rodrigo Muniz is likely to miss ‘three or four weeks’ after limping out of last weekend’s defeat by Manchester United with a knee injury.
The Brazilian striker left the Craven Cottage pitch in tears having seen his first Premier League start come to an end after two clashes with Harry Maguire, but Silva is hopeful that Muniz will not miss too much match action due to the impending international break.
The Fulham head coach said:
“It’s not really, really serious, but it’s going to prevent him from being involved in the next few games. Injuring the knee, you have to be careful. We assessed him and the feedback that I got from the medical staff is that he’s going to be a few games out.
Of course, the international break is going to help us. Probably after the international break, maybe one or two weeks and he’s going to be back. It’s difficult to give a really clear timeline to you about his situation, but let’s talk about three or four weeks for him to be back, let’s hope.”
Silva is optimistic that at least one of Tosin Adarabioyo, Kenny Tete or Adama Traore could be available for selection at Villa Park on Sunday. The trio will aim to prove their fitness during Fulham’s final training session at Motspur Park tomorrow before the trip to the Midlands.
“We have another [training] session and then I’m going to decide. If you ask me if they are ready for 90 minutes, no, but I can decide for them to be involved in the squad list at least, to start to be part of it.
I believe after the international break, all three are going to be ready to start. The good thing is that they are fully involved with the team in the sessions. It’s been a long break for all of them, the situation is that they need more time to be ready for the 90, if that’s what I decide. Another player that is going to need more time is Issa Diop.”