Fulham will be without Fabio Carvalho for the fifth match in a row when they face Swansea at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.
The talented teenager is still struggling with a toe injury, while Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo’s long-term injuries rule them out.
Boss Marco Silva explained: “Tom is running outside on the pitch and improving his physical condition, but not involved in the training sessions, and we hope to integrate him better after the international break.
“If I can have Tom and Fabio available for this position (central midfield) we will be stronger, that’s for sure.”
The manager expects an open game against the Swans, as he bids to put the frustration of a 1-1 draw at Bristol City behind him.
Fulham should have scored at least one from three gilt-edged chances late in the game.
Silva said: “We need to be more ruthless, create chances and the goals will come.
“Swansea like to take risks, so it will be an open game and because they like to attack – we have plans of our own.”
Meanwhile, Silva has demanded all players arrive for training despite the current fuel crisis.
“If they can’t come in their own car they should find other solutions to arrive at the right time,” he insisted.