Fulham’s Mawson suffered knee injury while putting boots on

Alfie Mawson took a knock to the head at Newcastle, but it’s his knee which is causing concern. [Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire]

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed defender Alfie Mawson injured himself while putting on his boots.

Mawson, the £20million summer signing from Swansea, has been sidelined since December 29 with a mystery knee injury.

And prior to Fulham’s clash with Tottenham on Sunday, Ranieri revealed the bizarre reason for his absence.

“He needs more time. How long? I don’t know,” said Ranieri.

“It was a very strange injury. He just changed his boots. It was unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, Ranieri seems to have lost patience with striker Aboubakar Kamara following his yoga bust-up with Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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Kamara and Mitrovic reportedly had to be pulled apart by team-mates after an angry exchange during what was supposed to be a relaxation session last week.

The incident came just a couple of weeks after they had argued over who would take a penalty against Huddersfield.

It was an argument Kamara won, only to subsequently miss the spot-kick.

Ranieri attempted to play down the row, but made it clear Kamara is no longer in his plans.

“It wasn’t a battle, it was a chat and something that happens in every team, nothing more,” said the Italian.

“I don’t think it was about the penalty.

“Kamara is not in the squad. I prefer to think about it and then I will do the best for the team.”