Fulham could have their captain Tom Cairney back to take on Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Sport.

The influential midfielder, scorer of the goal which got the Cottagers promoted to the top flight last term, has been out of action for most of the last two months with an ankle injury.

The Scotland international has managed just 26 minutes as a substitute since August in Fulham’s indifferent Premier League campaign thus far, and he will be itching to play a role in pulling the club away from danger.

The Cottagers host Bournemouth on Saturday, having won just one of their opening nine matches this term, a run of form which sees them sat inside the bottom three with just five points out of a possible 27.

The key reason for that has been an inability to keep goals out of their own net, as evidenced when they leaked four more to Cardiff City last weekend, so with that in mind as well as having his skipper back, Slavisa Jokanovic will be delighted to have Timothy Fosu-Mensah available against the Cherries.

The on loan Manchester United star has missed recent action with a shoulder injury, but it is believed he has overcome that problem, and could take his place back in a side which is likely to see a few changes to shake it up after that disappointing defeat in Wales.

One man who will not be included in the starting XI by the Serbian manager is Joe Bryan. The former Bristol City left-back has been ruled out against Eddie Howe’s exciting outfit with a hamstring injury which will be a blow.

Jokanovic knows that if his side can keep things tight defensively they have more than enough firepower at the other end to win matches, but based on what we have seen thus far, that could be a big if.

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