Reed among Fulham injury doubts

Fulham boss Marco Silva says there are a number of players facing late fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s Championship opener against Middlesbrough.

Tom Cairney isn’t one of them – he’s definitely out.

Along with defender Terence Kongolo, the Whites captain is still struggling with a continuing knee injury.

And Harrison Reed is causing concern.

The midfielder missed the 1-0 win over Charlton last Saturday, with Silva explaining tomorrow’s training session will decide Sunday’s team.

The good news is that keeper Marek Rodak has been passed fit after also missing out against Charlton.

Silva said: “Marek is completely fit: it was only a precaution last week.

“About Harrison Reed, he is a player in doubt and we have one more session when we take important decisions, not just about him but about some of the others.”

The new boss admits he sought advice from Portuguese managers who have worked in the Championship to discover just how tough a league it is, with eight more games than the Premier League for starters.

He said: “Yes, we are one of the favourites, but the three relegated sides always are.

“But our players believe this is also a chance to play again in the Premier League, and I have asked about this league.

“Who? There were Portuguese managers who have managed here before.”