Fulham midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has been ruled out for up to six weeks because of ankle ligament damage.
Dikgacoi came off during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Bolton and his injury adds to a growing list of casualties at the club including Paul Konchesky, John Pantsil, Zoltan Gera, Clint Dempsey and Andy Johnson.
Manager Roy Hodgson says is getting difficult simply to field a squad for Tuesday’s Premier League game against Burnley.
“Bobby is fine and has recovered from his sickness, and will be back in contention tomorrow, as is Simon Davies,” he said. “The game at Bolton was once again an expensive game for us, because we got a point, but have lost another player as Dikgacoi will be out for five to six weeks.
“We have barely got 18 players. There is no longer a selection problem at this club – (the problem) is ‘have we got 18 fit players to fit the 11 spots and fill the substitutes bench?’.
“Until we get back to a situation where the squad starts to resemble normal size with quality players back, it will be difficult for us.
“It is not easy to finish mid-table and we cannot ignore the fact that playing FA Cup matches and Europa League matches, when other sides are out, places a further burden on our resources, making the league match which follows much more difficult for us.”