Fulham suffer Salcido blow

Mexican left-back sidelined with ankle problem

Salcido: Sidelined

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Fulham defender Carlos Salcido has been ruled out for up to a month with an ankle injury.

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Salcido picked up the problem following a tackle by Ashley Young in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Aston Villa and he had to be taken off in the 69th minute.

It has now been revealed that he suffered ligament damage and is facing a spell on the sidelines.

"It was a mistimed tackle on Carlos last weekend but I don't think there was any intention to hurt him," said manager Mark Hughes.

"Obviously Carlos is bearing the consequences of the challenge and unfortunately he has ruptured a ligament on his ankle.

"The likelihood is he will be out for three to four weeks."

Salcido will therefore miss a number of important games for the Cottagers, starting with Wednesday's clash against London rivals Chelsea.

The news of his injury will come as a major blow to Hughes because the Mexican has slotted in well at left-back since arriving from PSV Eindhoven over the summer.