Jimenez absence further depletes Fulham – with unavailability of Nigerian internationals already keenly felt

Fulham will be without Raul Jimenez for Saturday’s Premier League home game against AFC Bournemouth.

The Mexican international is expected to be out for around a month with the hamstring injury he suffered against Everton last week at Craven Cottage.

Armando Broja could be in line for his first start since his loan move from Chelsea after coming on for the closing stages of Fulham’s 2-2 draw at Burnley.

Rodrigo Muniz led the attack at Turf Moor and scored his first Premier League goal.

Joao Palhinha put Fulham ahead as they led 2-0 going into the final 20 minutes – only for a double from David Datro Fofana to deny them maximum points. Marco Silva’s side have not won in three Premier League matches.

The absence of summer signing Alex Iwobi has been keenly felt with the former Everton man away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria – with Calvin Bassey, snapped up in the same window from Ajax, also in action for them.

“The first goal we conceded gave them a boost, the crowd as well,” said Silva, reflecting on the Burnley match. “As a team we were naive in that moment, and were punished.

Picture : Keith Gillard

“We were fresh enough on the pitch – it is just we don’t keep focus and are naive in some moments. These are details that will punish us hard this season.

“It’s a really difficult one to take. It’s not the first time this has happened. Overall our perfomance in 2-1 was at a very good level, everyone felt another goal was coming for us.”

Fulham have been linked with a fresh attempt to sign Lyon attacker Rayan Cherki in the summer.

Media reports claimed the Whites failed with a £35million move for the 20-year-old, previously linked with Chelsea, at the end of the January transfer window.

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