Zamora injury gives Fulham more misery

FULHAM manager Roy Hodgson will await the outcome of an X-ray on in-form striker Bobby Zamora after the player was forced off in last night's 3-2 defeat at Stoke.

The forward has scored 11 goals this season but Hodgson expects to have to do without his services for a while after a challenge with Potters captain Abdoulaye Faye early in the second half saw the player crash to the floor.

When he eventually got up he made his way to the touchline gingerly supporting his right arm. Initial reports from the physio suggest it is a dislocated shoulder or collarbone.

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"It is bad. It is a dislocation – I don't know whether it is a collar bone or a shoulder but either way it is a bad injury," said Hodgson, who admitted it had been a costly night for the side after centre-back Brede Hangeland went off at half-time.

"It is a very expensive day for us. We were forced to replace Hangeland at half-time with a recurrence of his knee injury and we lost Zamora early in the second half and we have also lost the game."

Goals from Tuncay Sanli, Faye and Mamady Sidibe had Stoke 3-0 up at the interval, but Fulham made a decent fist of it after the break, with goals from Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey setting up a tense finale.

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