Ream and Pereira injured in Fulham defeat

Fulham skipper Tim Ream is set to miss the rest of the season after fracturing his arm in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester City.

Ream and Whites midfielder Andreas Pereira were taken to hospital during the game, with the former Manchester United player sustaining an ankle injury in his side’s spirited display against an in-form City who are now top of the Premier League following their eighth successive win.

United States international Ream, who has been ever-present this season, was forced off after 22 minutes after falling awkwardly in a collision with City striker Julian Alvarez.

“Tim Ream is probably not playing no more this season, he has broken his arm,” Fulham boss Marco Silva said.

“Let’s hope Andreas Pereira is not so serious. When he lands he felt something, maybe the ankle, we have to wait a little more.”

Fulham are already without suspended striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for another two matches and now must travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Wednesday without three key players.

“This is the worst thing, without Mitrovic, with a short squad like us, it is really tough to take,” Silva said.

City took the lead with a first-minute penalty converted by Erling Haaland before Fulham hit back through Carlos Vinicius.

But a magnificent goal nine minutes before half-time from Alvarez sealed the three points for Pep Guardiola’s side who have now leapfrogged Arsenal on the table.

Fulham remain in 10th spot on the table with seven matches to play.