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Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is available for the Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves after recovering from a thigh injury.

New signing Carlos Salcido will not be considered due to visa delays and Damien Duff is a doubt because of a calf problem.

Keeper Mark Schwarzer will start after overcoming his back problem but back-up stopper David Stockdale will be out for up to a month with an ankle injury.

Philippe Senderos (Achilles), Andrew Johnson (knee) and Diomansy Kamara (foot) are long-term injury absentees.

Mark Hughes is happy to have revised his opinion of Zamora and believes the Fulham striker has yet to reach his peak.

Zamora, a target for Liverpool and Birmingham during the summer transfer window, signed a new four-year contract on Friday that will keep him at Craven Cottage until 2014.

It continues a remarkable transformation for the 29-year-old England striker who only last November was being jeered by a section of his own fans.

Hughes admits to failing to appreciate Zamora's influence until his own arrival in south west London but having been converted, he was determined to keep him at all costs.

"Bobby's a good player and I've been really impressed with what I've seen," he said.

"Maybe I underestimated his ability like many other people have.

"But having worked with him on a daily basis I've been very impressed with the way he brings team-mates into the game.

"He's a big lad who can look after himself, which is important, and when he's in full flow he's difficult to stop.

"He's a big part of our focus as an attacking team. I like his personality and he's very popular.

"There's more to come from him. He's 29 and that's when strikers reach their best.

"They mature and understand how they can be effective in games, which only comes from experience.

"We think we'll get his best years and that's why we've signed him until 2014.

"To get him signed up again is a feather in our cap. He's happy here and is happy with the environment.

"There was interest from other clubs in Bobby because he's a good player but he was never going to leave."

Zamora won his only cap as a second-half substitute in last month's 2-1 victory over Hungary and Hughes insists he can become a regular for England.

"Bobby's made the international breakthrough and he did really well in the cameo he had," he said.

"If he keeps his current form then he'll get other chances because there seems to be a window of change with England at the moment."

Wolves will include Marcus Bent in their squad for the first time.

The striker was signed on loan from Birmingham before the transfer window closed.

Jelle Van Damme has recovered from the ankle injury suffered in a challenge by Newcastle's Joey Barton a fortnight ago.

But fellow defender Ronald Zubar is ruled out of the clash with the Cottagers with a hamstring injury.

Mick McCarthy believes the expectation levels of the Wolves fans have risen above settling for mere Barclays Premier League survival.

Wolves will be looking to defend their unbeaten start to the campaign when they take on Fulham.

It has followed on from a successful end to last season which guaranteed top flight status after Wolves had been tipped by many pundits as relegation certainties.

McCarthy revamped his squad during the summer and feels the supporters are right to aim their sights higher.

McCarthy said: "I guess maybe there was a doubt in people's minds as to whether we could stay up last year after being promoted.

"Now our fans expect us to stay up - and rightly so based on what they saw last season and how we have started this season.

"But, first and foremost, if we can beat what we did last season, it will be fantastic."

McCarthy added: "We've made a good start. The first game (against Stoke) was a good performance and a good win.

"We had to grind out a result (draw) at Everton and it was similar against Newcastle.

"Newcastle have a good, experienced team and made it very difficult for us.

"We managed to stay unbeaten and five points from three games is a good start for us.

"But there are tougher tests ahead and there are a lot of them coming. I always say 'every point is a prisoner' but we've done all right so far."

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