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TEAM NEWS ~ Fulham welcome Luton Town ~ Prem MD 05 ~ 23/24

last updated Friday 15th September 2023, 9:31 PM

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Fulham v Luton Town

Premier League Match Day 05 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 16th September 2023    KO: 15:00

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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Late arrival Alex Iwobi was never expected to come into contention for his Fulham debut against Man City, but the former Everton and Arsenal man has been nursing a thigh injury either way, and it is unclear if he will be given the green light to make his first appearance here, having only just returned to training.

Iwobi's possible comeback would help to reinforce a midfield which lost Tom Cairney to injury after just 16 minutes at the Etihad, and the captain's knee problem means he is touch-and-go for this game too, and the same can be said for fellow engine room enforcer Sasa Lukic.

Silva could very well be down to the bare bones in the centre of the park, but the Cottagers boss may welcome Joao Palhinha back to the fold with open arms, as the Portuguese midfielder unsurprisingly sat out the Man City loss after his dream move to Bayern Munich collapsed.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Wilson, Pereira, Decordova-Reid; Jimenez

Luton Town

Luton Town coach Rob Edwards
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As West Ham and Luton did battle under the bright lights of Kenilworth Road on September 1, the powers-that-be were still conducting transfer business right up until the deadline and succeeded with a loan move for Arsenal outcast Albert Sambi Lokonga, who was in attendance to witness the Hammers' win.

Both the Belgian midfielder and former Manchester United defender Teden Mengi ought to be considered for their debuts on Saturday, while right-back Alfie Doughty came off with an Achilles problem against West Ham, so Issa Kabore and Chiedozie Ogbene are both on standby.

Daniel Potts (ankle), Jordan Clark (ankle) and Gabriel Osho (knee) make up a trio of confirmed absentees for the visitors, who were also without captain Tom Lockyer last time out due to a quadriceps issue, but the 28-year-old has had ample time to recover after missing Wales' fixtures with South Korea and Latvia.

Luton Town possible starting lineup:
Kaminski; Kabore, Andersen, Burke, Lockyer, Bell; Nakamba, Sambi Lokonga; Chong; Morris, Adebayo

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