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Fulham welcome Barnsley ~ Team News Ch MD23

last updated Saturday 23rd December 2017, 10:57 AM

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Fulham vrs Barnsley

Championship Match Day 23 1718 Craven Cottage

Saturday 23rd December 2017     KO: 15:00pm

Referee: James Linington (Newport)


Slavisa Jokanovic
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Fulham's treatment room has emptied with three players back in training ahead of the visit of Barnsley.

Floyd Ayite, Neeskens Kebano and Lucas Piazon have all rejoined the first-team squad following spells out. Winger Ayite is the likeliest to be available to face the Tykes after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Kebano will be assessed after he missed the defeat at Sunderland with a calf problem, and Chelsea loanee Piazon needs to build up his fitness following a broken leg.

Last season Fulham completed a league double over Barnsley for the first time since the 1958/59 campaign.

Fulham have secured just three wins in their last 11 Championship games (W3 D3 L5) and have scored more than once in just two of these matches.

The Whites have won their last two league games at Craven Cottage by a 1-0 scoreline - both against sides in the bottom eight places like Barnsley (Millwall and Birmingham).

Barnsley manager  Paul Heckingbottom
Barnsley manager
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Barnsley will have Angus MacDonald back for the first game of their new era. The Reds were taken over by a consortium including baseball pioneer Billy Beane this week and MacDonald could be involved after a bout of illness.

Matty Pearson is out, though, after tearing a calf in last week's draw with Brentford and he faces a month out. Ryan Hedges (thigh) and Lloyd Isgrove (knee) remain sidelined but are getting closer to a return.

The Tykes' have lost five of their last seven league trips to Fulham (W1 D1), with their only win there in this run coming in October 1999 (3-1).

Barnsley are currently on a seven-game run without a win in the Championship (W0 D2 L5), their third run of 7+ games without a win in this division in 2017.

Barnsley (23y 231d) have named the youngest starting XI on average this season in the Championship.

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