Johnson blow for Fulham

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Fulham striker Andy Johnson has suffered another injury setback after being ruled out of Wednesday night's decisive Europa League clash with FC Basle.

The England striker, who has been absent with a groin injury for 12 matches, did not travel with the rest of the squad for the game after suffering a reaction in training. Johnson underwent an exploratory operation at the end of last month and Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admitted the club need to be more cautious in how they handle his return to action.

"We were hoping to have Andy Johnson with us but it is not possible. He trained yesterday but felt a problem and we had to take him out of our plans," Hodgson said, before putting his squad through their final paces at St Jakob-Park, where victory will secure their passage to the Europa League's knockout stages.

"We are probably being too optimistic. He was so anxious himself to get back into the fray and we sometimes go along with it.

"It was a movement that caused him a sharp pain. We took the decision not to risk him and to leave him back for treatment and possibly training back home.

"I am hoping it was to do with the scar tissue following his recent operation rather than a major problem.

"If he is pain free he will be fit enough and he will play a part in the game against Manchester United on Saturday. We will see."

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