CHRIS Baird's season is almost certainly over after Fulham admitted guilt over the defender's V-sign during the 5-2 defeat to Liverpool on Monday.
Baird's frustration boiled over when he was yellow-carded for a foul on Dirk Kuyt, and showed his displeasure at referee Lee Mason. If guilty, the FA ban rules Baird out of both Sunday's match at Birmingham and the last game against Arsenal.
The Northern Ireland international is likely to be light of pocket with boss Mark Hughes set to add to his player's woes by fining him as well.
The manager said: "We have a policy on dissent, and there may well be sanctions.
"To be fair to Chris, he held his hands up. We won't be appealing any decision, and we'll just have to accept any punishment."
The manager hinted at changes after the Liverpool humbling anyway, with team meetings this week designed to get rid of any lingering misery from Monday.
Hughes added: "We didn't see that (defeat) coming, and I've got some thoughts about the team for Sunday, and with very few injuries at the moment it gives me a lot of options."
Two of them don't appear to be Bobby Zamora or Simon Davies.
The latter has localised internal bleeding on his calf area from the Liverpool game and has not kicked a ball since. Zamora's groin strain saw him limp out of training early today (Friday).
The obvious changes at the back should Baird be ruled out would likely see Aaron Hughes shifting to right-back, with a second start for Philippe Senderos in the centre alongside Brede Hangeland.