Preview: Fulham vs. Sunderland

Roy Hodgson will make a late check on Simon Davies ahead of Sunday’s clash against Sunderland after the midfielder picked up a calf injury.

Erik Nevland, Paul Konchesky and Jonathan Greening were all suspended for the Europa League win over CSKA Sofia, so they return to the squad, along with Eddie Johnson, Seol Ki-Hyeon and Kagisho Dikgacoi who were not eligible.

Andy Johnson (groin), Diomansy Kamara and Dickson Etuhu (both knee) are all still struggling for match fitness.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce remains hopeful that striker Kenwyne Jones can recover from a dead leg to return at Fulham on Sunday.

The Trinidad and Tobago international picked up the injury just minutes into Tuesday night’s 3-0 reserve team victory over Wigan on his comeback from a three-match ban.

However, central defender John Mensah is out with a recurrence of a calf problem which is causing some concern.

Bruce said: “John Mensah hurt his calf in training and I can’t see him being fit.

“It’s a concern, it’s a huge concern.”

Midfielder Lee Cattermole could resume during the Christmas programme after returning to training following a medial ligament injury but the game will come too soon for him while keeper Craig Gordon will be sidelined for months yet by a broken arm.

Fulham (from): Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Pantsil, Duff, Gera, Murphy, Dempsey, Davies, Zamora, Stockdale, Riise, Smalling, Anderson, Saunders, Watts, Uwezu, Nevland, Konchesky, Greening, E Johnson, Seol, Dikgacoi.

Sunderland (from): Fulop, Carson, Bardsley, McCartney, Da Silva, Turner, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, Richardson, Cana, Reid, Malbranque, Henderson, Zenden, Campbell, Jones, Bent, Healy, Murphy, Meyler, Reed.