Johnson facing five weeks out

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Fulham have been boosted by the news that Andrew Johnson's shoulder injury is not as bad as first feared.

Johnson had to be taken off during Thursday night's Europa League qualifier against Amkar Perm in the 66th minute after a hefty bodycheck by defender Dmitry Belorukov and manager Roy Hodgson predicted he could be out for eight weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

But the Fulham manager revealed on Friday that the 28-year-old striker could be back in training in as little as two weeks, saying: "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 and then it's just a question of trying to get him back as quickly as we can after that."

He 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 (on Friday morning) that he would be back before those eight weeks but of course he is going to be out for a period of time."

Hodgson also revealed he expects the loan deal to bring Jonathan Greening to Fulham to be finalised on Friday.

The West Brom midfielder has passed his medical at the London club, but Hodgson said a few details needed to ironed out before the one-year deal could be finalised.

"He (Greening) has had his medical but at the moment but there are some negotiations carrying on with his agent and the chief executive (Alistair Mackintosh) so I don't know exactly where they are on that," Hodgson explained.

"They are meeting now so I'm presuming that everything will be sorted out regarding the player's contract and the agent's fees.

"We'll train on Saturday morning and the deadline (to register Greening for Sunday's game against Chelsea) is Friday night so I think we have a few hours yet."

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