Fulham make the trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in a Premier League six pointer on Saturday afternoon and they will do so without a key defender, according to BBC Sport.

The Cottagers head up the M6 in pretty ordinary form, after being embarrassingly dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend by League Two side Oldham Athletic.

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri made a number of changes to his unit for that contest, which probably highlighted where his priorities lie overall, but his team did spurn the chance to pick up a morale boosting victory.

The Cottagers have really struggled on their return to the Premier League, and head into the match with the Clarets inside the bottom three in the table.

Fulham only need to look at their opponents on Saturday for inspiration in their bid to get themselves out of trouble, as it wasn’t so long ago Burnley were in the relegation places, and two wins later they have climbed out of the drop zone.

Ranieri will hope his Cottagers can make it successive league victories, after his side saw off Huddersfield Tow prior to the FA Cup break, but they will have to do so without defender Alfie Mawson.

The former Swansea City man has a knee injury and has been ruled out of the Fulham travelling party for the match, which will be a disappointment to the Italian, who is desperately trying to find a way to shore up his back line.

Ranieri will revert to his normal strong starting XI for this one, after giving the players on the fringes of his Cottagers outfit the chance to stake their claim for a place in the team.

Very few of those he used against Oldham made a strong case for inclusion, so Fulham could well go back to something like the side which saw off Huddersfield.


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