Last Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:13
Scott Parker is a big doubt for Fulham's visit of Stoke City after he limped off against Cardiff City last weekend with a calf injury.
The England international midfielder last only seven minutes of the 2-1 defeat to the Bluebirds at Craven Cottage and it is unlikely that he will be back and available to boss Martin Jol in time to face former boss Mark Hughes' Potters.
Bryan Ruiz made his successful return from an ankle injury lay-off against Cardiff as he scored the Cottagers' goal just before half time, so he will be hopeful of staying in the starting XI on Saturday.
Giorgos Karagounis replaced Parker last weekend and is looking to earn his first start of the season to help pick up three much-needed points and ease the pressure on Jol.
He told the club's website: "We expected more than what we've managed so far. But when there are an awful lot of new players in a team, it can take time to find your feet.
"The manager is trying to work out our best chemistry but sometimes it takes a while in order to achieve it. We have to be united and stick together to overcome this difficult situation. We must change it quickly because we don't deserve to be so low down in the table."
Meanwhile, Aaron Hughes is closing in on a return to action following a thigh problem but this game will come too soon, while Ashkan Dejagah, Matthew Briggs and first-choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg are still out with respective calf, hernia and shoulder problems.
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