Marco Silva says he faces a late call on whether Layvin Kurzawa will be involved for Fulham against Nottingham Forest on Friday.
Fellow left-back Antonee Robinson is likely to miss the game with an ankle injury suffered in the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham, with Whites boss Silva admitting it will be “difficult” for him to shake off the injury in time.
It means fellow left-back Kurzawa, who signed on loan from Paris St-Germain at the end of the transfer window, could make his debut for the club.
The 30-year-old was not involved against Spurs after signing just two days prior and having not had a full pre-season. He also played just once for his parent club last season.
“In that moment, of course he wasn’t fit,” Silva explained.
“He wasn’t on the bench. He just signed, at that moment, two days before.
“Kurzawa is a different situation than with (Carlos) Vinicius, with Daniel James. We are talking about players that had a pre-season, that played in friendly matches, and official matches as well.
“Kurzawa didn’t have a pre-season with his team-mates and wasn’t part of the group, so of course it will take more time.
“But it’s been 15 days (since he signed) and of course the situation is different. It’s up to me to decide.”
Robinson’s injury is unlikely to keep him out for a lengthy period, with Silva optimistic that he will soon be able to return.
“It’s not really serious. We are testing every day to see how he feels,” Silva said.
“It’s something that in one or two days, he could be ready to go again. He could also be not really comfortable yet. But I think it will be soon.”