Roy's boys facing a long road trip

BY foxsports • April 20, 2010

The Cottagers take on the Bundesliga outfit on Thursday but travel arrangements have been scuppered by the cloud of volcanic ash that is disrupting flights on the continent. The semi-final at the HSH Nordbank Arena had been in doubt but the club confirmed the game was set to go ahead on Monday, despite the problems caused by the erupting Icelandic volcano. Fulham now face a 570-mile trip to reach Hamburg which could hamper their preparation for the game. Roy Hodgson's men are bidding to reach the club's first ever European final after a fantastic run in the competition so far. The Cottagers have already knocked out Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Wolfsburg in the knockout stages and are aiming to make HSV their next victims. Parts of UK airspace opened on Tuesday morning but the West Londoners have opted to take the long road to Germany instead. Liverpool have got a similar problem as they prepare to travel to Atletico Madrid in the other semi-final. The Reds, though, have an even longer journey to make as they try and get to the Spanish capital in good time.