Fulham duo out of Arsenal clash but Mawson could play

Alfie Mawson could be fit for Fulham’s game against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Whites will be without Joe Bryan and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who suffered a hamstring injury and a dislocated shoulder respectively during the 3-0 defeat at Everton.

But Mawson has trained this week and will be included in the squad for the game against the Gunners.

“Mawson is working with us all week and is part of the squad,” Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed.

“Bryan has a hamstring problem and Fosu-Mensah has a shoulder dislocation and will need some few weeks to be ready.”

Meanwhile, Jokanovic says Tom Cairney is good enough to switch allegiances from Scotland to England.

The Whites midfielder, who has twice played in friendlies for Scotland, has been left out of Alex McLeish’s latest squad after being told by his club that he would not be available, despite having recently returned from injury.

Cairney is still eligible to play for England. [Picture: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire]

McLeish insisted there was “nothing sinister” in his omission, but the improvement Cairney continues to demonstrate may yet tempt England to make an approach he would have to seriously consider.

Should they do so, Jokanovic believes he will vindicate their judgement.

The 27-year-old is battling to prove his match-fitness to start Sunday’s game, and while Jokanovic has no preference regarding his captain’s international career, he said: “I believe he’s a useful player for many coaches and could be for Scotland and England too.

“He’s definitely a quality player and his choice is Scotland at the moment. This is a question for Tom and for the England national team.

“My players are the best players in the world and he showed his quality in the last few seasons. He didn’t start the season with luck but soon he will be at his best level.

“We will see (if he starts on Sunday). Ahead of us is two training sessions and I must take more time to make the decision.”