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Ruiz: Could return for Cottagers

Ruiz: Could return for Cottagers

Fulham will be looking to snap a two-match losing streak in the Premier League when they host struggling Southampton on Boxing Day.

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The Cottagers suffered successive defeats to QPR and Liverpool to leave Martin Jol's side just five points adrift of the relegation zone in 13th place.

The Saints, meanwhile, moved away from the drop zone after a 1-0 win over rock-bottom Reading recently, but a 1-0 reverse to Sunderland last time out left Nigel Adkins' team out of the bottom-three only on goal difference.

In team news, Jol could welcome back forward Bryan Ruiz for the trip to Craven Cottage, although he is rated as touch and go with a hamstring problem.

Mahamadou Diarra and Mladen Petric are also considered doubtful, but Steve Sidwell is available for selection again having served a suspension.

However, Damien Duff and Simon Davies remain sidelined through injury.

For the visitors, Adam Lallana is expected to miss out once more with a knee injury that ruled him out of the loss to the Black Cats.

But it is the only new concern for Adkins, who has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Posted: 24/12/12 14:35

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