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Johnson injury boost for Fulham

Andy Johnson is consoled by the Fulham physio as he leaves the pitch
Johnson faces a spell on the sidelines

Fulham's Andrew Johnson has been given a boost after scans showed his shoulder injury suffered in the 3-1 win over Amkar Perm is not as bad as was feared.

Boss Roy Hodgson suspected the striker would be out for eight weeks after a body check from Dmitry Belorukov left him with a suspected broken collarbone.

But on Friday he said: "The ligaments around the collar bone have snapped.

"I don't think he will be doing any football training for at least two to three weeks."

Hodgson had been fuming about the injury after the challenge from Belorukov, for which the Russian was booked.

Speaking after the match Hodgson said: "The opponent quite cold-bloodedly smashed into him. I'm tempted to say I'd prefer to have lost and have no injury to Johnson.

"I don't think things like that should happen in football - not without punishment.

"A yellow card is the same punishment as Clint Dempsey received when the ball accidentally struck him on the arm... Andy Johnson was literally banjoed out of the game by a player who made no attempt to win the ball.

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"Uefa and Fifa are constantly trying to stop serious foul play. Obviously it's not working, because it's not being stopped."

However the latest prognosis could pave the way for a return to action in around five weeks' time.

"It's just a question of trying to get him back as quickly as we can", Hodgson added.

"It's not great news, but on the other hand it doesn't seem to make a difference with that type of injury whether the ligaments are snapped or if they are stretched or damaged in another way.

"He was quite hopeful this morning that he would be back before those eight weeks but of course he is going to be out for a period of time."

Despite Johnson's absence, and a late goal by the Russian side, Fulham remain favourites to progress to the Europa League group stage.



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see also
Fulham 3-1 Amkar Perm
20 Aug 09 |  Europe
Europa League as it happened
20 Aug 09 |  Europe


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