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Fulham defender Konchesky sees knee specialist

last updated Saturday 13th March 2010, 1:26 PM
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Konchesky set to visit specialist Fulham defender Paul Konchesky is set to visit a top specialist to discover the extent of a problematic knee injury.

The defender sustained the injury through wear and tear and could require surgery to rectify the issue, which has plagued him since last season.

The 28-year-old could be out of action for up to a month.

"It's not a major knee problem but a slight one that may need surgical intervention, though hopefully not," Fulham manager Roy Hodgson said.

"Even though it's not ligament damage because it's on the knee it still causes aggravation and problems for him.

"Last week the game against Everton and training went well, but he's felt it a little bit this week.

"We're hoping (consultant) Faris Haddade will give us an indication of what we need to do to get rid of this problem or how we can continue to manage it.

"We don't want Paul to stop playing but it's difficult if a player feels he's not at 100%.

"He's had this since the end of last season but it's got steadily worse and we want him to play pain-free.

"It could be easily solved with a simple injection but it could need surgery that might keep him out for a month.

"If the diagnosis is he needs an operation we want it done straight away."

Hodgson admits his defensive resources could be stretched should former England defender Konchesky require surgery.

"Toni Kallio is still recovering from injury but it will take time to get him up to speed and he's the person we had up our sleeve as cover if Paul went down.

"But we have other full-backs at the club who I trust and believe in."

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