Brentford vs Fulham lineups: Starting XIs, confirmed team news and injury latest as Mitrovic starts in derby
Fulham welcome back Aleksandar Mitrovic for tonight’s west London derby against Brentford but are without Joao Palhinha.
The Portuguese midfielder, one of the top-flight’s most influential signings of the season, accrued his 10th yellow card of the campaign in the 1-1 draw with Wolves last week.
Palhinha will now serve a two-game ban in the top-flight having starred and scored in the FA Cup fifth-round win over Leeds, missing the short trip to Brentford and another London derby against leaders Arsenal at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
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Fulham are also without club captain Tom Cairney this evening due to an ankle issue, with Paris Saint-Germain loanee Layvin Kurzawa set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing knee ligaments in training. He may well have played his final game for the club.
Winger Neeskens Kebano remains a long-term absentee for the Cottagers after rupturing his Achilles in training in November, though attacking talisman Mitrovic is fit and firing after shrugging off a hamstring issue to start and play almost 70 minutes against Leeds.
The injury picture is decidedly brighter for Brentford, who have skipper Pontus Jansson and midfielder Frank Onyeka both back on the bench after injury.
However, back-up goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha is not yet ready to return after suffering ankle ligament damage while saving a Kristoffer Ajer penalty in training in October.
Brentford XI: Raya; Hickey, Pinnock, Mee, Henry; Damsgaard, Norgaard, Jensen; Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa.
Subs: Cox, Schade, Dasilva, Jansson, Onyeka, Ajer, Baptiste, Janelt, Roerslev.
Fulham XI: Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Lukic; Solomon, Pereira, Willian; Mitrovic.
Subs: Rodak, Wickens, Cedric, Tosin, Harris, Wilson, James, Decordova-Reid, Vinicius.