Thursday 23 November 2017

Hughes rues Zamora injury

Duncan Bech



Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is facing at least a four-month lay-off after sustaining a broken ankle in the win over Wolves.

Zamora suffered the damage to his right leg during a hard challenge from Wolves skipper Karl Henry in the first half.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes later revealed that he could be out for longer if surgery reveals further damage. "If the injury is as we think it is, it's likely to be four months," he said. "If the surgeon goes in tomorrow and finds other damage rather than just the break, it will be even longer than that."

Hughes remonstrated with referee Phil Dowd after the half-time whistle had blown but later conceded Henry's tackle was not malicious. "It's a shame but I don't really lay the blame on the player (Henry). It's one of those," said Hughes.

Mousa Dembele hit both of Fulham's goals, the second coming from the injury-time free-kick won when Christophe Berra was sent off. Jelle van Damme had earlier given Wolves the lead after 10 minutes.

Mick McCarthy insisted after the match that his side are earning a reputation they do not deserve. "I think it's grossly unfair. I'm really sorry to hear about Bobby but Danny Murphy came to me and said he'd have a word with Bobby because it was a fair and good tackle," he said.

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