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Injured Fulham winger Duff to miss the rest of the season

Experienced Irishman could face surgery to fix niggling knee problem

Crocked: Fulham winger Damien Duff

Fulham's survival hopes have been dealt another blow as winger Damien Duff looks likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The 35-year-old Irishman, who is out of contract in the summer, hasn't featured since the FA Cup defeat against Sheffield United last month.

And boss Felix Magath, who is convinced the rock-bottom Cottagers can beat the drop, admits Duff could need an operation to fix the problem.

He said: "We expect Damien Duff will not play again this season because of a knee injury that happened three weeks ago."

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Defender Fernando Amorebieta is still struggling with a muscle problem, while Scott Parker is also out of Saturday's crucial relegation clash with Cardiff after picking up a knee injury in training.

"Amorebieta is getting better but he's not in the squad for the weekend," Magath added.

"We have an injury to Scott Parker. He has a knee injury too, which is not so bad. But he will not play on Saturday."

Fulham will give late checks to midfielder William Kvist (hamstring) and January signing Kostas Mitroglou, who suffered a setback on international duty for Greece in midweek.

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