Palhinha injured as Fulham beat Brentford in friendly

Fulham ran out 3-2 winners over Brentford in an entertaining pre-season friendly in Philadelphia, where João Palhinha suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Whites star Palhinha, who is being targeted by West Ham, was forced to leave the pitch just before half-time.

“Unfortunately it doesn’t look good,” Fulham boss Marco Silva admitted.

“He’s probably dislocated his shoulder. Tomorrow he is going to do a scan and it will be more clear. Let’s hope it’s not another long-term injury for us.”

Harry Wilson’s stunning goal opened the scoring and Yoane Wissa equalised before Bobby De Cordova-Reid restored Fulham’s lead with a long-range strike.

Carlos Vinicius made it 3-1 eary in the second half and Kristoffer Ajer pulled a goal back for the Bees.

The match was played hours after it emerged that Silva had rejected a second offer to manage in Saudi Arabia.

However, Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who did not feature, looks increasingly likely to move to Saudi club Al-Hilal, with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez set to come in as his replacement. 

Fulham are next in action on Thursday, against Aston Villa in Orlando, while Brentford face Brighton on Wednesday in Atlanta.

Brentford: Flekken (Raya 45′), Roerslev (Ajer 47′), Pinnock (Collins 47′), Mee (Zanka 47′), Henry (Bech Sørensen 71′), Janelt (Pressley 71′), Mbeumo (Olakigbe 45′), Damsgaard (Yarmolyuk 71′), Jensen (Onyeka 45′), Lewis-Potter (Peart-Harris 71′), Wissa (Baptiste 45′)

Fulham: Rodák (Leno 45′), Tete (De Fougerolles 65′), Diop, Palhinha (Mbabu 45′), Robinson (Odutayo 83′), Reed, Lukić (Dibley-Dias 83′), Wilson (Willian 65′), Cairney (Harris 65′), De Cordova-Reid (Stansfield 45′), Muniz (Vinícius 45′)