Dempsey blow hits Fulham

Image: Dempsey: Thigh injury

Clint Dempsey will miss the second leg of Fulham's Europa League quarter-final against Wolfsburg.

Hodgson to make late decision on Zamora's fitness

Clint Dempsey will miss the second leg of Fulham's Europa League quarter-final against Wolfsburg, while a late decision will be made on Bobby Zamora. USA international Dempsey suffered a thigh injury in Sunday's 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League and has been ruled out of Thursday's European encounter. Roy Hodgson fears Dempsey may be out for 'some time' and it leaves the Fulham boss short of options, particularly with Zamora struggling to shake off an Achilles injury. Zamora trained on Wednesday evening and could be supported in attack by Zoltan Gera if fit, while Erik Nevland is an option to start as David Elm is absent due to illness.

Stretched

"We've played quite a lot of games without Bobby this season so I don't think I had any fears. We needed to prove we could win without him," said Hodgson, whose team take a 2-1 lead into the second leg. "We've been stretched up front all season. "We lost Andy Johnson in the first week in January, so that limited us. "Dempsey took a knock against Wigan and he could be out for some time. "That means resources are even more stretched than they have been, but Gera has partnered Bobby up front and together they've done a very good job for the team." Fulham were in control for the majority of last week's first leg at Craven Cottage and they should have gone 3-0 up before Alexander Madlung scored what could turn out to be a vital away goal for Wolfsburg. The return on Thursday will be the Cottagers' 54th match of a long season, but Hodgson is adamant that both he and his players will not be suffering from fatigue. He added: "These sort of games fire you up even more and they remind you why you still want to be involved at the very top level. "We've had some great games in the Europa League, we'll have another one tomorrow night and another one (against Liverpool in the Premier League) at Anfield on Sunday."

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