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Fulham vs Stoke City

League Cup Round 03 1516 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 22nd September 2015    KO: 19:45

Referee Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
Referee Stuart Attwell
Referee Stuart Attwell, 32 years old, made history as the youngest Premier League referee at 25 years old when he took charge of Blackburn and Hull in August 2008.

Ref Attwell became infamous for, amongst other controversial decisions, the ghost goal for Reading at Watford in 2008 when the ball clearly went wide of the post. He was suspended from the Premier League for two years

He last reffed Fulham in the 4-0 league home win against Bolton. He yellow carded two Bolton players.

Coincidentally Mr Attwell last reffed Stoke back in January 2011 when they lost 2-0 at Craven Cottage in the Premier League. He sent off Ryan Shawcross for a second yellow.

Last season he refed 37 games and dished out 95 yellows and 4 reds, only 2.6 yellows per game.


Fulham Manager Kit Symons Fulham striker Matt Smith may make his return from injury for Fulham when Stoke visit Craven Cottage in the Capital One Cup.

Smith has been out for a month with a knee problem but the big striker is close to a comeback and he will be checked on ahead of Tuesday night's third-round tie.

Ryan Fredericks (hamstring), Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov all missed the league defeat at Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend through injury and the three defenders will also be assessed.

However, midfielder Scott Parker is still not yet ready for the first-team as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.

Stoke City

Butland, Given, Muniesa, Wilson, Wollscheid, Bardsley, Pieters, Johnson, Cameron, Whelan, Van Ginkel, Ireland, Sidwell, Arnautovic, Affelay, Walters, Bojan, Shaqiri, Diouf, Crouch, Joselu, Odemwingie.

Nigel Adkins Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf could be back in contention for Tuesday's Capital One Cup third-round tie at Fulham while winger Ibrahim Affelay returns from suspension.

Diouf sat out Saturday's draw against Leicester to rest minor hamstring and groin problems and the Potters are hopeful he will be available for the trip to Craven Cottage.

Midfielder Charlie Adam sits out the final match of his three-game ban while the club will assess forward Bojan Krkic's condition after his successful return from long-term injury at the weekend.


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