BRYAN Ruiz is a serious Fulham doubt for the derby clash against QPR on Monday after picking up a hamstring injury during international week.
Martin Jol reckons he will give his forward (pic) every chance to recover with an assessment due tomorrow (Sunday) – but the manager sounded none too confident.
He said: “Bryan played two games – one in unbelievable snow and one in 30 degrees of heat.
“His hamstring is a bit of a problem, and we may have to come up with a solution for a different forward line.”
On loan Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh is also out as is Mahamadou Diarra, but everyone else reported back fit for Monday night’s test Jol insists will prolong the relegation battle all the way to the wire.
He added: “QPR are desperate for points – but we need them as well.
“I remember a couple of seasons back teams like Blackpool and Birmingham were mid-table but they still got relegated.
“We need a couple of wins, because I think one of the teams around us (in mid-table) will go down.”
However, Jol was delighted Brede Hangeland has signed a new contract that sees the central defender and captain staying until 2015 – with a year’s option after that.
The manager said: “I thought I could lose him, because he was on a free (transfer) and it took a long time.”
“You never know what might happen, but I always knew he wanted to stay here.”