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Hodgson tips zamora to shine

Roy Hodgson has every confidence that Bobby Zamora can shoulder Fulham's lack of attacking options.

With ex-England striker Andrew Johnson ruled out for the rest of the season after knee surgery, the Cottagers will look to Zamora for the goals to push them up the Premier League table.

The 29-year-old Zamora, who was sidelined earlier in the campaign with a broken collarbone, is fit again after a virus, and is set to lead the line tonight against relegation-battlers Burnley.

Hodgson said: "There is a lot of responsibility on him, but Bobby is used to responsibility and has taken it on his shoulders ever since he came to the club.

"When we were playing well before Christmas, getting through in Europe and doing well in the Premier League, he was in splendid form. There'll be a lot of weight on his shoulders, but he's big enough to carry it."

Hodgson sees no reason why Johnson, 28, cannot make a full recovery to be a key player for the Cottagers next season.

"He is just relieved in his own mind that they have not only found the problem, they have solved the problem," said Hodgson.

"He faces a fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines but, come next season, he'll join us fully fit and with the knee in good condition.

"Andy is an enthusiastic and dedicated footballer. He is still very young."

Hodgson, meanwhile, hopes it will not be a case of deja vu against Burnley tonight.

The Cottagers made hard work of seeing off the challenge of bottom club Portsmouth last week, when the visitors dominated for long spells before eventually being beaten by a late goal from Jonathan Greening.

Fulham had lost five-successive Premier League games before the Pompey win, and picked up another point after a goalless draw at Bolton.

Hodgson, though, knows his team must not be complacent against Burnley, despite the Clarets dreadful away record of 11 defeats and one draw.

"On paper, it looks just like the Portsmouth game. It is one which Fulham should comfortably win, but it certainly won't be like that," said Hodgson.

"If ever we needed a reminder, we only have to cast our minds back a week ago."

Hodgson added: "We need to remain humble and modest, knowing full well we are not in the form we were in just before Christmas."


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