Hodgson fears Zamora absence

Image: Zamora: Fitness race

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is not confident that star striker Bobby Zamora will be fit to face Hamburg.

Europa League semi-finalists have fingers crossed over forward

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is not confident that star striker Bobby Zamora will be fit for Thursday's Europa League semi-final second leg against Hamburg. The Premier League side are preparing to welcome their opponents to London after a 0-0 first-leg draw in Germany last week. England World Cup hopeful Zamora started that match, but limped off early in the second half after aggravating his troublesome Achilles problem. Hodgson hopes that his 19-goal forward, who has said he is desperate to play, will be available, however, the Fulham boss admits it is touch and go after he sat out Sunday's league defeat at Everton. "I'm not confident Bobby will be ready for Thursday," said Hodgson in the Daily Mirror. "I am hopeful, but that is all. He is having treatment and we will have to keep our fingers crossed."

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