Zamora in fitness race

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Roy Hodgson is optimistic Bobby Zamora will be fit for Fulham's Europa League tie against Wolfsburg.

Achilles injury forced striker to miss Wigan win

Roy Hodgson is optimistic Bobby Zamora will recover from an Achilles injury to be fit for the second leg of Fulham's Europa League quarter-final against Wolfsburg. Zamora, who scored in the 2-1 home win in the first leg, sat out Sunday's Premier League victory over Wigan Athletic due to the tendon injury. However, Cottagers boss Hodgson is hopeful that he will have his 18-goal striker available for Thursday's return against the defending Bundesliga champions. "Bobby suffers with his Achilles tendon, as do many players," said Hodgson. "The problem with those injuries is that if you get a kick on it, like he did the other day, it makes it worse. "We were hoping he would recover in time to play against Wigan but didn't. The medical staff are optimistic he will recover in time for Thursday."

Elm error

David Elm replaced Zamora in the starting line-up for the 2-1 success over Wigan, but he only lasted until half-time. The Swede had been struggling with a virus and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, with Hodgson admitting he should not have picked Elm. "He was totally shattered at half-time," Hodgson added. "With hindsight I made the wrong decision playing him because he is in hospital at the moment on an ECG machine because the virus in his body is still there. "I could see that he was struggling. I thought it was maybe because he had not played for a while and the pace of the game was beyond him. "I suddenly realised at half-time I had made a big mistake and that I should never have thrust him into a game of this nature. The illness took more out of him than I thought."

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