Fulham have received a boost with the news that Andy Johnson's shoulder injury is not as bad as first feared.
Johnson dislocated his shoulder after a challenge by Amkar Perm defender Dmitry Belorukov during Fulham's 3-1 Europa League win on Thursday night.
It was feared Johnson could be sidelined for up to eight weeks, but Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is hopeful the striker could return to training within two weeks and could be available for action in five.
"The ligaments around the collar bone have snapped,"said Hodgson.
"I don't think he will be doing any football training for at least two to three weeks and then it's just a question of trying to get him back as quickly as we can after that.
"It's not great news, but on the other hand it doesn't seem to make a difference with that type of injury whether the ligaments are snapped or if they are stretched or damaged in another way.
"He was quite hopeful this morning that he would be back before those eight weeks but of course he is going to be out for a period of time."
SigningHodgson also revealed he expects the loan deal to bring Jonathan Greening to Fulham to be finalised later on Friday.
The West Brom midfielder has passed his medical, but Hodgson said a few details needed to ironed out before the one-year loan deal could be finalised.
"He (Greening) has had his medical but at the moment but there are some negotiations carrying on with his agent and the chief executive (Alistair Mackintosh) so I don't know exactly where they are on that," Hodgson explained.
"They are meeting now so I'm presuming that everything will be sorted out regarding the player's contract and the agent's fees.
"We'll train tomorrow morning and the deadline (to register Greening for Sunday's game against Chelsea) is tonight so I think we have a few hours yet.
"Alistair certainly knows that if he gets everything sorted out with the paperwork and the agent's fees we'll be trying to register him in time for the game."