Marco Silva confirms Aleksandar Mitrovic is fit as Fulham prepare for key FA Cup clash against Leeds

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Marco Silva has confirmed Aleksandar Mitrovic is available for Fulham’s FA Cup clash against Leeds on Tuesday night.

The striker has been out for a fortnight with a hamstring injury, a spell on the sidelines that means he has still only scored once in 2023.

Mitrovic was in fine form before the World Cup though and, even with the injury problems he has had, only four players have bettered his Premier League tally of 11 goals this season.

His return to fitness is a timely one, as Fulham look to beat Leeds and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 13 years. It has already been a sensational return to the top-flight for Silva’s side, who sit sixth in the table.

The Fulham boss is relieved to have Mitrovic back and available, though pointed to the progress his side have made after picking up four points against Brighton and Wolves without their man man.

“He is a really important player for us, and for me since I joined this football club,” Silva said of Mitrovic.

“As you know, and the results are showing, we are more than just one player and I think winning games and taking important points for us even without our best goal-scorer - and that is Mitro - speaks about ourselves and not just one or two players.

“But of course if you have all of them you are stronger and playing with our best goal-scorer right now we can be stronger.

“We cannot forget - and I never forget - how Carlos Vinicius is fighting, he’s trying to help the team, he’s scored some important goals and he’s improving - and there is room for him to improve and adapt more in this competition.

“Of course Mitro is very important for us and, if he is in a good condition, physical and mental he is always a threat for the opposition sides.”