Promotion-chasing Fulham have suffered a blow to their hopes of returning to the Premier League after the length of absence for midfielder Josh Onomah has been disclosed.
Fulham signed Onomah last summer from Tottenham as part of the £25million deal that saw Ryan Sessegnon move in the opposite direction.
The former Spurs player, 22, injured his knee as the Cottagers slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Barnsley two weekends ago.
Onomah had become a key cog in Scott Parker’s midfield of late, starting in nine Championship matches in a row before succumbing to injury.
Now, speaking to the club’s official website, ex-England midfielder Parker said: “It’s obviously disappointing regarding Josh. He had surgery on Saturday morning on a knee injury, which he sustained against Barnsley.
“He looks like he’ll probably be out for at least six weeks I would have thought, so that’s a big disappointment.
“He’s come into the team and done very, very well. He gives us a different dynamic in the sense of what our other midfielders have got.”
Meanwhile, fellow promotion rivals Leeds Utd have launched a scouting mission on an ex-Liverpool star enjoying a renaissance since his departure from Anfield.
The former England under-20 international was thought of highly on Merseyside, but breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s midfield was always going to be a tall order.
Since his 2018 exit, however, the 23-year-old has flourished with his new club, and has blossomed into a genuine goalscoring midfielder, notching seven goals from deep in the current campaign.