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Fulham go carefully with defender comeback

Last Updated: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:38

Fulham are treading carefully with Brede Hangeland's injury as Martin Jol is unsure when his captain will be able to return to action.

The 32-year-old centre-back is struggling with a sciatic nerve problem which has kept him out of the Whites' last three matches.

The Norway defender failed to recover in time for Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool and has been ruled out of his country's international match against Denmark this week.

And Fulham manager Jol admitted: "It's not easy with nerves. I don't know how long he will be out.

"He tried but he said he couldn't play [on Saturday] and he's not going to be playing for his country either."

Hangeland was hampered by the injury during the recent 4-1 win at Crystal Palace and was substituted at half-time.

Since then Fulham have suffered three consecutive league defeats, conceding a total of nine goals - all but one of them coming in the first half of matches.

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