Fulham injury and absentee update ahead of crucial Carabao Cup return leg vs Liverpool

Fulham are only one goal down in the tie and will have the advantage of playing at Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening.

Image Credits: Getty Images

Fulham have a few injuries and absentees to contend with ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final clash return leg against Liverpool.

The Reds are in high spirits after a fantastic 4-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League this past weekend.

But as he readies the team for a tough test at Craven Cottage, Jurgen Klopp will have shoved the victory to the back of his mind.

The Cottagers have proved tricky customers the Reds so far this season.

In a topsy-turvy Premier League game at Anfield in December, Fulham managed to score three past Liverpool.

The Reds looked like they could lose that game before Trent Alexander-Arnold stepped up to score a late winner to make it 4-3.

And again, during the first leg of the semi-final at Anfield, Liverpool had to come from behind to win after Willian’s opener.

After losing twice to the Reds this campaign, manager Marco Silva will no doubt be hungry for a positive result on Wednesday evening.

Fulham and their absentee list

The home side will have a few injuries and absentees to deal with, as will Liverpool.

Fode Ball Toure (Senegal), Calvin Bassey (Nigeria), and Alex Iwobi (Nigeria), are all out at AFCON representing their respective countries.

Adama Traore is out with a hamstring injury sustained all the way back in November and is still out.

His pace and strength on the break would have no doubt given Jurgen Klopp’s side plenty of problems at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool and their absentee list

The Reds have far longer list of injuries and absentees to contend with.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Wataru Endo (Japan) are away at AFCON and the Asia Cup respectively.

Dominik Szoboszlai is a doubt after missing out on Bournemouth as he continues to recover from a hamstring strain.

Curtis Jones will likely not be risked after his night against Bournemouth was brought to an premature end.

Klopp said after the game about Jones:

“We all hope [it’s OK], and Curtis as well.”

“He felt a little bit, he had last week already a little bit but then nothing was there.”

“Curtis, the very experienced player, thought ‘it’s 3-0, why should I risk it?’ – I hope that’s exactly how it was.”

Trent Alexander is a major doubt he continues to recover from a knee injury, with this second-leg perhaps coming a week to soon for the vice-captain.

Of course, the long-term injuries affecting Andy Roberston, Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcanara and Ben Doak mean that those five will also not be in contention to start at Craven Cottage.

Related articles: