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Kurzawa set for spell out with knee injury

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Fulham defender Layvin Kurzawa is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury.

The on-loan Paris Saint-Germain left-back confirmed the news on social media on Monday, detailing that he had suffered a ‘ruptured ligament in training’ while posting a picture of his knee in a brace.

Kurzawa, 30, has made only three Premier League appearances since joining Fulham last summer, finding opportunities limited. This is partly due to the form of USMNT international Antonee Robinson, who has become Fulham’s first choice, but also because of fitness issues during the first half of the season. Kurzawa arrived from PSG unfit after a season without having played competitively, and then suffered a calf injury ahead of the World Cup break.

While he has struggled to dislodge Robinson in the league, Kurzawa has though been instrumental in Fulham’s current FA Cup run since the turn of the year. He scored Fulham’s goal in the 1-0 win over Hull City in the third round, provided the assist for Fulham’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the fourth round and then scored in the subsequent replay, helping Fulham to a 3-2 win at the Stadium of Light.

However, Kurzawa now looks set to miss Tuesday night’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Leeds United at Craven Cottage, joining Tom Cairney (ankle) and Neeskens Kebano (achilles) on the sidelines.

Fulham head coach Marco Silva confirmed on Monday that Aleksandar Mitrovic would, though, be available for selection, following a recent minor hamstring injury.

Kurzawa’s injury leaves Fulham with first-choice Robinson available as a left-back option, although both Cedric Soares and Tim Ream can cover in that role.

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