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Brek Shea: Could debut at Craven Cottage

Brek Shea: Could debut at Craven Cottage

Fulham welcome Stoke to Craven Cottage hoping to kick on from their February slump, having failed to register a single goal this month.


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The Cottagers have endured some indifferent form since the turn of the year, having registered two victories in their last six league fixtures, with two draws and two defeats accounting for the rest.

Martin Jol will thus be hoping to put some much-needed points on the board in the West London club's bid to move clear of the relegation zone.

Stoke, meanwhile, will be looking to improve their away form on Saturday after only registering their last victory back in December in the 1-0 win over West Brom.

The Potters are renowned for their impressive home displays since being promoted to the Premier League back in 2008, but have contrastingly suffered when on the road.

Previous fixtures between these two clubs at Craven Cottage also bodes ill for Tony Pulis' men, with Fulham claiming victory in three of the last four meetings.

The Midlands club will thus be hoping to dispel their Craven Cottage hoodoo when the two sides meet on Saturday.

On the team news front, Sascha Riether will return to the Fulham line-up after missing his first game of the season in the 0-0 draw with Norwich City a fortnight ago due to illness.

Dimitar Berbatov will continue to lead the line, after returning to action in the game at Carrow Road following recovery from a hamstring injury.

Steve Sidwell is also available after returning from a knee injury, but Mahamadou Diarra is still out, also with a knee injury.

Elsewhere, Stoke new boy Brek Shea looks set for his Potters' debut following his move from FC Dallas in the MLS last month.

The American was struggling with a recurring foot injury, but could be handed his first game for Stoke in London.

Marc Wilson could feature after returning from a long spell on the sidelines with a broken leg, but Michael Owen is a doubt after suffering a recurrence of a thigh strain in training.

Posted: 22/02/13 11:48

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