Brede Hangeland's "awkward" surgery to clear sciatic nerve trouble will keep him sidelined past the 10-week mark.
Sascha Riether will return from a three-match suspension for new manager Rene Meulensteen's first game in charge.
Central defender Brede Hangeland could return from a sciatic nerve injury to boost struggling Fulham against West Ham.
Fulham manager Martin Jol insisted the club have "moved on" after Sascha Riether was banned for three matches for stamping on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj
All the team news ahead of the weekend's Premier League fixtures, with Costel Pantilimon set to replace Joe Hart.
The vultures continue to circle over Martin Jol but the Fulham manager remains confident of turning things around at Craven Cottage.
The title credentials of leaders Arsenal and third-placed Liverpool will come under scrutiny when they meet on Saturday.
Fulham manager Martin Jol insists their Capital One Cup exit at Leicester does not increase the pressure on him.
Leicester substitute Lloyd Dyer scored the 89th-minute winner in a thrilling 4-3 League Cup victory over Fulham.
Leicester substitute Lloyd Dyer scored the 89th-minute winner in a thrilling topsy-turvy Capital One Cup tie to book a place in the quarter-finals at Fulham's
Players' union chief Gordon Taylor has called for new safety checks to be carried out on football boots to guard against the type of wound Wayne Rooney
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