Fulham striker Rodrigo Muniz is expected to be sidelined for up to a month after injuring his knee is last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester United.
The Brazilian has struggled for game time since joining the club in 2021 and spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough.
He kept his place in the side following an impressive cameo from the bench at Brighton and a fine display in the Carabao Cup win over Ipswich.
However, he limped off in tears at Craven Cottage after slipping in the second half against United, and Whites boss Marco Silva admits it’s a bitter blow given the club’s struggles in front of goal this season.
“It’s not really serious but it is going to take him out of the next few games,” Silva said.
“It’s an injury you need to be careful with, but it is going to be a few games out.
“The international break is going to help us and although it is difficult to give an accurate time frame, I would say he will miss three or four weeks. It is tough for a young lad He is so disappointed.
“It is big blow for us. The boy was growing and even in pre-season he looked so sharp but got another little injury. He took his time, waited for his chance and he was ready.”
“Unfortunately it is another injury to an important player. But I am here to find solutions how to win a football match.”
Silva’s side are away to Aston Villa on Sunday.