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Fulham welcome Sheffield Wednesday ~ Ch. Team News MD25

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Fulham vrs Sheffield Wednesday

Championship Match Day 25 1516 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 2nd January 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset)

Referee  Kevin Johnson (Somerset)

Referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset)
Somerset FA referee Kevin Johnson, 38 years old, was promoted to the Level 1 National Referees List in 2014 and has reffed one Championship game in his career.

Bristol-born Johnson began officiating in his latter teens in the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking charge of Western League and Southern League fixtures. He mpved on acting as assistant referee with the Conference National before being given an opportunity five seasons ago to referee.

His hopes of further progression were hampered by a persistent calf muscle injury which affected him between 2010 and 2012, a condition he appears to have shaken off for good

Ref Johnson has not had the pleasure of reffing Fulham or Sheffield Wednesday before.

Last season he reffed 28 games waving his yellow card 95 times, an average of 3.4 cards per game, and 5 reds. This season in 16 games he had waved his yellow card 53 times, an average of 3.3 per game, and his not issued a single red so far.


Slavisa Jokanovic
First Team Head Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
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Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow is likely to be the first name on new head coach Slavisa Jokanovic's team-sheet for Fulham's clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker Woodrow came in for Moussa Dembele, who is nursing a slight hamstring problem, and bagged a brace to help the Cottagers to a first win in 10 matches against Rotherham in midweek.

It was Woodrow's first league start of the campaign and he is hoping to keep his place against the Owls. He told the club's official website: "It's nice for me to get two goals. I've waited a long time for my chance and was really glad to get it."

Scott Parker and Tom Cairney came in for Jamie O'Hara and Luke Garbutt in the 4-1 victory against the Millers and could also keep their starting spots.
Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday Manager Carlos Carvalhal
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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson is a big doubt due to a groin injury sustained in Monday's defeat at Middlesbrough.

Hutchinson, who has played in central defence for the last three matches due to the absence of both Tom Lees (hamstring) and Michael Turner (knee), will be monitored.

Striker Fernando Forestieri is expected to return to the starting line-up after being a surprise omission at Middlesbrough, where head coach Carlos Carvalhal named him on the bench and made five other changes.

On-loan Norwich striker Gary Hooper (dead leg) could return to contention and defender Daniel Pudil is hoping to recover from a back problem.


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