Zamora facing second leg fitness race

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Bobby Zamora is facing a race against time to be fit for Fulham's Europa League semi-final decider against Hamburg next week.

After shrugging off the effects of a 17-hour coach journey to claim a 0-0 first-leg draw at the Nordbank Arena, Fulham are now crossing their fingers Zamora can show equal fortitude after aggravating a long-standing Achilles problem during the opening stages.

"Bobby has had this problem with his Achilles for some while," revealed Hodgson. "He has missed one or two league games but he felt okay and we hoped he would get through the game."

He added: "But even in the first half he was struggling with it. The medical staff gave him the all-clear to start the second half but they warned me I might have to take him off.

"We have one week to deal with the problem. It is not a fresh injury so we hope a week gives us the chance to put it right because I would say he has no chance of being fit for Sunday."

The threat of being without their leading goalscorer inevitably brings a concern, especially as Fulham have hardly been free-scoring recently.

However, Hodgson is confident his team do know where the goal is.

"We have goals in this team," he said.

"We created one or two very dangerous moments and the atmosphere at Craven Cottage next week will help us as well."

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