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Fulham Vs Manchester United, Sun 22 Aug 2010

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Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer remains a doubt for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Schwarzer missed training on Friday because of the back problem which prevented him playing against Bolton last weekend but boss Mark Hughes is hopeful he will be available to face Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Long-term injury victims Philippe Senderos (Achilles), Andrew Johnson (knee) and Diomansy Kamara (foot) are out.

Hughes expects Wayne Rooney to rediscover his goalscoring touch soon - but hopes it returns after the showdown at Craven Cottage.

Rooney has now gone 13 games without scoring for club or country dating back to March 30.

Hughes draws similarities between his own playing style and that of Rooney and believes it is only a matter of time before the England marksman regains the finishing touch.

"I was never prolific and would never score ones or twos every other game," said Hughes, who spent 13 years at Old Trafford over two spells.

"In fairness I was streaky myself and at times Wayne has been that type of striker.

"Sometimes my work as a player took me out of the areas where I was most effective and that was in and around the box.

"When you're trying to work hard for the team you can be out of the areas where you have maximum impact. That affects the number of goals you score.

"There's a bit of that in Wayne's play at the moment because he's such an enthusiastic guy and wants to be involved in every aspect of the team's play.

"That's taken him away from being in areas where's he's most dangerous.

"It's only a matter of time before he starts scoring, as long as it's not this weekend!

"He's a quality player. Class is permanent, form is temporary.

"There's no doubt he'll return to scoring ways and once he does he'll find they'll flow quite freely."

Patrice Evra is set to shake off a minor knock and feature for United.

The full-back jarred his leg in a collision with an advertising hoarding in the latter stages of United's opening-day win over Newcastle but has not been too badly hurt and Sir Alex Ferguson expects to have the former Monaco man available.

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