Tete aiming to return after international break

Kenny Tete is a few more weeks from returning for Fulham, while Terence Kongolo has suffered another setback.

Kongolo’s comeback in an Under-23 match against Newcastle lasted a mere 40 minutes of the first half.

The Netherlands international has played in just four games since February 2020.The latest problem is a knee injury picked up in the defeat by Wolves on April 9.

The match against the young Magpies was meant to be one of three Under-23 games on the road to recovery, but boss Marco Silva revealed that’s not going to happen.

“Terence played a big part of the first half against Newcastle, but he came out because he felt not really confident”, Silva said.

“Now, he’s not training again, and it’s up to us to give him time. It’s a special situation and we have to support him because it was a bad injury. I haven’t seen him at his best, but he needs time.”

Right-back Tete damaged a hamstring against Hull in August and is making slow progress towards recovery.

Silva said: “During the international break we can start to work on getting him involved in the team.

“I think after the break it will be normal to see him involved.

“I can make a decision then, and see if he’s in his best physical condition so he can return to playing matches.”